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The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor

by Michael Occleshaw

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Michael Occleshaw makes a strong case that not all the Romanovs were murdered in1918 and both the House of Windsor & governments of Europe have always known it.
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This is truly one of the most compelling and important works done on the case of the last Imperial Russian family and their demise. Building off of a chapter in his first published work on British Military Intelligence during the First World War, Occleshaw pieces together bits of very fascinating evidence which suggest that Nicholas II's second-oldest daughter, The Grand Dutchess Tatiana, was rescued from her captivity in 1918 and brought secretly to England, where she eventually assumed a new identity and married a young Hussar officer.

I won't go too far into the details, as it is easy for aspects of the story to be taken out of context or misunderstood by those who seek to immediately discredit this work due to a heavy bias towards the official account of the fate of the Romanov's. I will say that I have read dozens of works on the mysterious disappearance/purported murder of Nicholas and his family, books offering all the various possible versions of events (including the offical story) and I can say in all honesty that Occleshaw's book/theory is still today the most logical and believable to me.

Occleshaw's work is very well written, the scope of his research is huge and one gets the sense of a staggering amount of work done. He is someone with no ulteriar motive for claiming at least one member of the Family lived past 1918 (books aren't exactly the quickest means for wealth and fame in our modern age after all). He has uncovered many pieces of evidence that are extremely difficult to dismiss when looked at seriously. It is a shame that this under-appreciated gem of historical work is so quickly cast aside by those who cling to the official version of events, the heavily romanticized story of Nicholas and Alexandra. The DNA work that was done on the bones found in the Koptyaki Woods are far from conclusive upon serious review, and endlessly plagued with political motives. I don't mean to suggest that this book should be taken as a gospel, as many details are absent and open to speculation. I do however personally believe that Occleshaw's theory is closer to reality than many major aspects to the official version, and I am not the kind of person who is easily fooled by wild conspiracy theories. I enjoy this book more and more every time I read it, though in a heavy hearted sense as it increases the number of questions one can raise about the fate of the Romanov's, a fate which perhaps the world will never know the full reality of.

The paperback edition, published in 1994 has an updated preface, and the major typos of the first printing have been cleared up (I own a copy of both). I would suggest it to anyone willing to 'think outside the box' when it comes to what is still largely an open case as regards the unfortunate Romanov's. ( )
  JesseM88 | Aug 16, 2009 |
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