The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg has been waiting to share its intimate details in English.
My book is a story of a palace of immense size and of an Imperial family of immense wealth. It is a story of the daily public and intimate life in the palace that was loved and disdained and withstood decades of changes.
Monday, 4 July 2016
Emperor or Tsar?
Lord Frederick Hamilton in ‘My Yesterdays’
wrote “… I know by experience that it is impossible to din into the heads of
those unfamiliar with Russia that since Peter the Great’s time there has never
been a Tsar. The words “Tsar”, “Tsarina”, “Cesarevitch”, beloved of
journalists, exist only in their imagination; they are never heard in Russia …
but I am well aware that it is no use repeating this, the other idea is too
firmly ingrained …”
The Chancery stated in 1896 “… the title of
the Russian Monarch is Emperor and Imperial Majesty. The title of Tsar, adopted
in 1547, remained until 1721 ...”
I use Emperor when typing in Russian but often
Tsar for English. Message received Lord Frederick! The Duma removed
by a majority vote the title “Autocrat of All the Russia’s” in 1908.