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read The Romanovs The Final Chapter reader Ð Paperback Õ robert k. massie Ú [PDF / Epub] ✎ The Romanovs The Final Chapter ☂ Robert K. Massie – In July 1991 nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg Siberia a few miles from #204 winner Robert K Massie presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans whose findings along with those of DNA scientists from Russia America and Great Britain all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century Having just read and loved Robert K Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra I pounced on this one with somewhat unseemly glee Alas this was mostly about a group of academics suabbling over old bones and just it didn't grab me Bottom line spoiler view spoilerAnastasia died with the other Romanovs and the woman who claimed to be Anastasia was a phony hide spoiler

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E bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family Was Anna Anderson celebrated for than sixty years in newspapers books and film really Grand Duchess Anastasia The Romanovs provides the answers describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth Pulitzer Prize Romanovs The Final PDF This book is a departure for Robert Massie who has produced some extraordinarily readable research on the Romanovs The book is history his forte but it is also journalism and a discussion of forensic science and lawAs a history buff the beginning and ending parts were of most interest to me Massie starts with a careful documentation of the murders of the Tsar and his family and how the news was managed by the Russian revolutionaries The end deals with fate of other branches of the Romanovs Overshadowed by the drama of Ekaterinburg is that within 6 months of the death of the Tsar and his family 17 other Romanovs and many of their attendants were killed many within days For a good treatment of the remaining Romanovs I recommendThe Flight Of The Romanovs A Family SagaA lot of this book deals with forensic issues the in fighting among the international scientific teams and the legal issues involved These parts bogged me down for my lesser interest in them than for Massie's excellent workThere was a lot of space devoted to the Anastasia pretender Franziska Schanzkowska She certainly is important to this saga I never realized the impact she had on the Romanovs and royalty in other parts of EuropeThe discussion of where they are now 1995 which has obviously changed since this book's publication was interesting It cleared up for me the rationale used by the various claimants to the throne one never knows The interview with Prince Nicholas Romanov shows him now deceased to be a voice of reason

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The Romanovs The Final ChapterIn July nine skeletons were exhumed The Final ePUB #10003 from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg Siberia a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy three years before But were these the bones of the Romanovs And if these were their remains The Romanovs ePUB #241 where were th “At midnight Yakov Yurovsky the leader of the executioners came up the stairs to awaken the family” Thus begins Robert K Massie’s very interesting and well researched account of the infamous murders of the Romanov family Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra as well as their son and four daughters in the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg Russia in the early hours of the 17th July 1918 Using the simplest of ploys Yurovsky had coaxed them from their bedrooms to the cellar from which there was no escape He then proceeded to line them up assuring them that it was for a family photograph and once nicely lined up they were massacred With them were some of their faithful retainers Eugene Botkin Anna Demidova Ivan Kharitonov and Alexei Trupp Eleven people were killed For as long as they thought that they could get away with it the Russian authorities denied that the royal family had been killed Eventually they admitted that Tsar Nicholas was dead but they would not say anything about the rest of the family This is not a book about what came before or why the Romanovs were in the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg in the first place It is assumed that the reader knows the history at least partially up to this point The book focuses on the subseuent uestions and problems and how these were resolved or not Eight days after the gruesome event the Whites took Ekaterinburg and arrived at the Ipatiev House Mr Massie describes what they found There were certainly no bodies but a few personal items of the family were still in evidence as well as “Many religious books also remained along with a copy of War and Peace three volumes of Chekhov a biography of Peter the Great a volume of Tales from Shakespeare and Les Fables de la Fontaine” Nicholas Sokolov a professional legal instigator was appointed to investigate “Accordingly Sokolov concluded that on July 18 the day after the execution Yurovsky had destroyed the bodies by chopping them up with axes dousing them repeatedly with gasoline and sulfuric acid and burning them to ash in bonfires near the mine shafts” For many years it was the accepted explanationEventually Sokolov’s findings were uestioned Bodies cannot be burned to ash over an open fire and besides teeth are indestructible Then in May 1979 the burial site was found by Alexander Avdonin and filmmaker Geli Ryabov who also procured a document written by the chief assasin Yakov Yurovsky The finding of the site was not accidental and the author describes how they went about locating it However fear kept them from announcing their find until several years later Once Boris Yeltsin came to power permission was sought and granted to excavate the burial site where nine instead of eleven skeletons were found The finding of these skeletons caused uestions than answers Were they the murdered Romanovs Who was missing and why The bodies had been badly smashed to obliterate indications of who they were and all clothing and jewellery “Eighteen pounds of diamonds were collected mostly from the corsets worn by three of the grand duchesses The empress was found to be wearing a belt of pearls made up of several necklaces sewed into linen” had been removed by those who had disposed of the bodies DNA tests were not an option for the Russians at the time and forensic anthropologist Sergei Abramov developed methods to ascertain whether or not the bones belonged to the Romanovs whilst a mathematician calculated probabilities Before long an American forensic anthropologist William Maples became involved Whilst everyone was in agreement that the skeleton of the young tsarevich Alexis was missing Abramov felt certain that the other missing skeleton belonged to Marie whereas Maples believed that it belonged to the youngest daughter Anastasia This was not the only time that scientists would disagree about their findingsEnter Dr Peter Gill the head of Biological Services Research of the Forensic Science Service in England who performed DNA profiling at the reuest of the Russians He obtained a blood sample from Prince Philip himself which helped Dr Gill prove the identity of Alexandra and her daughters Mr Massie provides a run down of the basics of DNA profilingAll the goings on had not only captured the interest of the public but also of a whole variety of imposters There are hilarious accounts of some of the fabricated stories One man who received a death sentence for theft suddenly remembered that he was the tsarevich Alexis Another was a successful spy who once he became a United States citizen proclaimed that he was the tsarevich A big problem for those pretending to be Alexis Alexis had suffered from haemophiliaThen there were the women the most notorious of whom was Anna Anderson who declared herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia There was even a play and a film Anna Anderson certainly captured the imagination of many “Thereafter the public seeing pictures of Anna Anderson complained that she did not look like Ingrid Bergman” Many believed her even the famous pianistcomposer Sergei Rachmaninov arranged accommodation for her in a comfortable hotel Was she who she claimed to be or not Litigation ensued After Anna’s death there was litigation and DNA tests were performed on some of her body tissue samples found in a hospital Finally a verdict was announced Then came the conspiracy theoriesThere were other scientists involved in the saga and there had also been a conference in Ekaterinburg in which various papers were delivered and discussed Mr Massie details the interactions between the several scientists and he also delves into the various court cases which resulted from Anderson’s claim that she was Anastasia There is a discussion of who is left of the other branches of the Romanov family and what their views and their pretensions to a non existent throne are Mr Massie closes with a chapter in which he details how the Romanov family spent the seventy eight days that they lived at the Ipatiev House prior to being summoned to the cellar There is a layout of the house and at the back of the book there are photos of several of the people mentioned in the book The Ipatiev House was destroyed in 1977The Romanov Family circa 19131914 Wikipedia