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A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson

by Frances Welch

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Interesting story. Toward the end I became bored with it, but finished. The very end with the details of the investigation/testing on DNA, etc was interesting. I would recommend if you enjoy true stories. ( )
  LisMB | Mar 29, 2011 |
Welch's well received biography of Anna Anderson (or, to put it more succinctly, the woman who pretended to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia for some sixty years) manages to both inform and entertain without losing focus or academic content. Certainly the author had quite a task ahead of her: rumors and stories abound about the woman that was Anna Anderson, and it must have been quite a feat for Welch to sift through fact and fiction in a world damaged by tabloid headlines. Parts of note were those that literally delved into Anderson's lifestyle - a surprising and often perplexing world filled with grandiose thoughts and incoherent madness. Welch sporadically confuses the reader with endless names of royals and people mixed up in the claim, but those rough patches soon give way to clear narrative. I went into this book thinking I would get the author's opinion or analysis, but alas, she stays staunchly in the middle and there is little to no bias (which to some would be a good thing). Overall, a pleasing piece of work that brings together numerous lives to uncover one life that has, until now, seemed so elusive. ( )
  threnodymarch | Sep 23, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393065774, Hardcover)

An extraordinary story of tenacity and intrigue, and the deep human urge to salvage hope from tragedy.

Did the seventeen-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia survive the massacre of the Russian imperial family in 1918? Over the years, the possibility that the youngest of the tsar’s four daughters might have escaped the killings has provided rich spawning ground for claimants. By far the best known of these was Anna Anderson, a mysterious young woman who appeared in Berlin in 1920. Anna attracted a bizarre coterie of supporters—some of whom had known the grand duchess as a child—who risked life and limb, and often all their savings, in a desperate attempt to prove that Anastasia had, after all, survived. But who was Anna Anderson—and just how did she manage to convince so many people that she was the real Anastasia? Frances Welch’s A Romanov Fantasy is a tragic comedy in the best Russian tradition—a compelling, eerie, and frequently hilarious study of discipleship, snobbery, and life after death.

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Did 17-year-old Anastasia survive the massacre of the Russian royal family in 1917? Over the years, the possibility that the youngest of the Tsar's four daughters might have escaped, & the universal longing to salvage some thread of hope from the tragedy, has provided a rich spawning ground for claimants. This book covers this topic.… (more)

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