Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty Paperback – February 1, 2000

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Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty Paperback – February 1, 2000

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MIL is scared of my genetic condition [R]

11 months agohumanityisawaste posted submission on JUSTNOMIL.
Oct. 18, 2018

Yesterday my fiancee and I, we went on a dinner with my future MIL. We’re getting married next summer and my MIL has been annoying from time to time but more or less she left us alone, until today. Because yesterday she found out something about me she didn’t know before.

So we were having a dinner together in MIL’s house and as I was cutting the pork that was served, the knife slipped and I accidentally cut myself. That wouldn’t be a big deal for most people but to me, it is because I have hemophilia. It’s a genetic disease that prevents the blood from clotting properly and it makes you bleed longer after injuries. For a healthy person, such a cut would probably close within minutes while for me it could take days for the bleeding to stop. It happened yesterday and I’m still bleeding today. When my fiancee saw this, she got really worried. She knows about my condition and she asked me if I need to go to the hospital. She has seen it happening before – if I get a random bleed or an injury more serious, I might need to go to the hospital to get examined or to get a coagulant injected to stop the bleeding. But this wasn’t the case, it was a minor cut and I knew it will eventually close on its own.

But MIL didn’t know it, she heard my fiancee and was like ”Hospital? Why would he need to go to a hospital because of a scratch? I’ll bring the band-aid!” But my fiancee was very worried about me and when MIL was told that I’m a hemophiliac, she literally jumped to her feet, no exaggeration and started to yell that we need to leave before I infect everything in her house. She was like ”Really, daughter? You’re such a beautiful girl, couldn’t you find yourself a healthy man? This is so dangerous, he’ll infect you! What will your children turn out like?”

I understand that some people might not have enough information about this disease but to react in the way she did is a bit unnecessary, rude and ignorant, in my opinion. This thing is genetic, you cannot catch it from me, you have to be born with it. And because it’s genetic, we’re kind of on the fence about whether we want to have children or not because in our case our sons would be healthy but the daughters would be carriers of this gene and pass it further to their children.

Even though my fiancee tried to explain to her that it’s not as bad as she thinks it is and that I’m not a walking infection, we were no longer welcome in her house. She started to frantically wash her hands (probably because she had shaken my hand before) and asked us to leave because she needs to disinfect and sanitize everything. She also told my fiancee to think hard about getting married to me because that’s just asking for trouble.

I had honestly never met a person like this before. I don’t announce my disease as the first thing about me but whenever I tell it to someone, I had never received such an attitude - running from me as if I have the plague or something.

11 months agohumanityisawaste posted comment on JUSTNOMIL.
Oct. 18, 2018

If she likes things like historical romance have her watch Nicholas and Alexandra

Or read it

Or maybe not, then she'll think you and her daughter will get killed by the Russians. But it does explain how hemophilia is genetic.

Absolutely love any history related books, but for the life of me can't get into any that don't tell a story along with the facts. Suggest me some books like this please! [R]

3 years, 1 month agoNutterpeen posted submission on history.
Aug. 6, 2016

Hard to explain, I love reading anything historical, mainly WWII, WWI, or anything with the English monarchy, or American history. But I only find myself really getting into books that also tell a story, like with dialogue, narration, charactars etc. If anyone knows of any books that meet this criteria, I'd be more than grateful.

Recently discovered buying used books from Amazon, and am absolutely addicted to reading again.

Edit: obligatory holy shit this blew up

3 years, 1 month agoNutterpeen posted on history.
Aug. 7, 2016

Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, 1906 [763x900] (colorized) [R]

3 years, 9 months agoTheRedEminence posted submission on HistoryPorn.
Dec. 8, 2015
3 years, 9 months agoTheRedEminence posted on HistoryPorn.
Dec. 8, 2015

Nicholas and Alexandra by the American historian Robert Massie. (with Tom Baker as Rasputin)

TIL when Tsar Nicholas II's daughters were executed, the executioners struggled to kill them with gunshots, due to the fact that they were carrying 1.3kg of diamonds sewn into their clothing [R]

3 years, 11 months agoafrican_violent posted submission on todayilearned.
Oct. 12, 2015
3 years, 11 months agoafrican_violent posted on todayilearned.
Oct. 13, 2015

I really enjoyed this one.

George RR Martin once said "No matter how much I make up, there’s stuff in history that’s just as bad, or worse". I want a nonfiction book that has intrigue, complexity, and excitement like that of a Song of Ice and Fire novel. Any suggestions? [R]

4 years, 6 months agoya_7abibi posted submission on history.
Feb. 22, 2015

I apologize if this is the wrong place for this, but I figure where better to ask about nonfiction history books than r/history?

What I'm looking for would be preferably set in the middle ages, but I suppose any timeframe will do.

On a related note (and possibly to answer my own question), are the biographies by Ian Mortimer fairly exciting to read? Would they be what I'm looking for?

4 years, 6 months agoya_7abibi posted on history.
Feb. 23, 2015

Nicholas and Alexandra is about the last Tsar of Russia, the politics and relationships leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution, and the effect it had on the family and the nation. I read it in college and loved it.

Dear redditors, what book on Rasputin do you recommend? [R]

5 years, 4 months agoRenegadeMoose posted submission on history.
May 1, 2014

As in, his life, his influence, different views of historians etc

much obliged

5 years, 4 months agoRenegadeMoose posted on history.
May 1, 2014

Don't know of any other books, but I recently finished Nicholas and Alexandria.

It's a good book, albeit, I suspect Massie was being polite and nice in his version of some events.

And although the book is about Nicolas and Alexandria, it certainly provides a lot of information about Rasputin and a lot of information about Nicolas' son with hemophilia. ( I recall reading that Massie's son also had hemophilia, and I have to admit, the passages describing the boy's pain and suffering are pretty moving ).

For all that Massie gives a pretty even-handed account and doesn't indulge in the gossip and rumours of the day, there's one picture of the Empress, Rasputin and the children that is just... wrong. (As soon as I say this picture I said "omg, he did have sex with her, didn't he.")

But that's just my impression after having read the book.

(ps - I discovered this book after having read "Castles of Steel". Now that is a great book! (but I digress).

edit: btw, is just my speculation about a possible affair. Seems is controversial to this day.

Dear redditors, what book on Rasputin do you recommend? [R]

5 years, 4 months agonateatwork posted submission on history.
May 1, 2014

As in, his life, his influence, different views of historians etc

much obliged

5 years, 4 months agonateatwork posted on history.
May 1, 2014

I highly recommend Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K Massie. Although the book is primarily focused on Tsar Nicholas II and his family, there are huge chunks dedicated to Rasputin as one might expect. The book is a great read, like anything by Massie, and it certainly brought Rasputin to life like no other book I have read.