Following extensive research in St Petersburg, Moscow and Paris, this book reveals for the first time the story of Albert Henry Stopford, Edwardian man-about-town, member of the English aristocracy, dealer in object d'arts, and a regular guest at Romanov dinner tables. In the terrible turmoil of the Russian revolution he risked his life, rescuing Romanov jewels from the VlFollowing extensive research in St Petersburg, Moscow and Paris, this book reveals for the first time the story of Albert Henry Stopford, Edwardian man-about-town, member of the English aristocracy, dealer in object d'arts, and a regular guest at Romanov dinner tables. In the terrible turmoil of the Russian revolution he risked his life, rescuing Romanov jewels from the Vladimir Palace worth millions of pounds from under Bolshevik noses, and taking back to Britain in his Gladstone bag gems that were destined to adorn the rich and famous - queens, duchesses and film stars. Within months of his return to London, he was embroiled in a homosexual scandal and a trial at the Old Bailey; he died a broken man. Ninety years later, as an intriguing postscript to this extraordinary story, William Clarke unearthed an unclaimed Romanov bank account in London in the name of Grand Duke Andre; it has now been claimed by more than a score of his heirs....
|Title||:||Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs|
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Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs Reviews
I picked this book up in the library expecting to find just pictures of fantastic jewellery, Faberge eggs etc - but there are few. What I did find is an absolutely fascinating and rivetting story about the social world of Edwardian England and Tsarist Russia, the political scene on the build-up to the Russian Revolution, and most fascinating of all about the adventures of a man called Albert Stopford - and I haven't even got to the part about the jewellery yet !! Absolute gem of a book (if you'll excuse the pun) - I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
The main problem with this book has nothing to do with the work itself but what Stopford's life was like. Until the Russian Revolution, he was just a regular seller and friend, with very little in his life of interest. This bogs down the first about 2/3 of the book because it contains a lot of exposition about Rasputin, his death, and the constitutional reform occurring in Russia, none of which Stopford was directly involved in. The last third was riveting with the history and following life of Miechen's jewels. It was fantastic to see how he smuggled them out. I cannot believe he didn't talk about the jewels found in the Swedish Embassy pillows within the last decade.