Princess Olga, a Wild and Barefoot Romanov - Her Highness Princess Olga Romanoff (Hardcover)

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The fascinating story of the young Romanov princess whose family fled the Russian revolution and who lived in exile, firstly in homes provided by the British Royal family. This is very much a human interest story, told with humour by a down to earth woman.

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1 Oct 2017
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Coryne Hall (Creator)
Coryne Hall (Other)
Her Highness Princess Olga Romanoff
Coryne Hall (Contributor)
Olga Romanoff
A Wild and Barefoot Romanov
Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd
Number of Pages
235 x 159mm


This is very much a human interest story, told with humour by a down to earth woman struggling to make ends meet in the 21st century. The upkeep of her historical childhood home, Provender House, in the depths of the English countryside, is indeed a constant daily battle for this modern-day princess. Princess Olga Romanoff, is the daughter of the eldest nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, murdered with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. She is the youngest child of the late Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia, who was born in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg in 1897. He fled Russia in 1918 with his pregnant (first) wife and his father, Grand Duke Alexander Michaelovich, while his mother, Grand Duchess Xenia, and his grandmother, Her Imperial Highness Maria Feodorovna, followed a few months later. The fabled Romanov jewels that they were able to smuggle out had to be sold and the exiled family were accommodated for some time by the British Royal Family at various grace-and-favour homes at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court. The book is peppered with amusing anecdotes about the British Royal Family, their British cousins. The reader will also get a glimpse of the Princess's cosseted childhood. She was looked after by a number of nannies and then privately educated at home, as her mother remembered the terrible time she herself had had at boarding school. But Princess Olga preferred the outdoor life and riding her ponies. She still laughs at one of her mother's ambitions which was to marry her off to Prince Charles! It was indeed an unusual upbringing with a snobbish and strict mother of Scottish and Scandinavian background, and a more relaxed and indulgent Romanov father whose occupation was stated as 'Prince of Russia' on Olga's birth certificate. Her home, Provender House is crammed full of fascinating Romanov memorabilia, from the crockery used by the tsar and his family during their final captivity in Ekaterinburg, to the diamond blade penknife used for scratching 
Cast of Main Characters; List of Illustrations; 1 The Romanov Legacy; 2 My Mother's Family; 3 Nursery Days; 4 Wild in Kent; 5 Out into Society; 6 Highland Fling; 7 Provender; 8 My Children; 9 Provender Deteriorates; 10 Restoration; 11 Lost Heritage; 12 Reflections


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Royalty
BISAC Subject 2
History / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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