The Royal Marriage Market of Europe
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Catherine Radziwill
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE ROMANOFFS IN Royal circles it is well known that Russian grand dukes and grand duchesses are always considered as the most eligible parties in the Royal marriage markets of Europe. There was not one German sovereign who did not look longingly toward Petersburg when thinking about the future of his children. Until the wedding of the late Tsar with the Princess Dagmar of Denmark, it had been a tradition at the Court of the Romanoffs that they had to seek their wives in Germany, where princesses were supposed to be ready at any moment to change their religion, whenever there was an advantageous match in prospect. At the beginning of, and indeed all through, the last century, down to the death of the old Emperor William I., there had existed a very close intimacy between the Hohenzollerns and the Russian Imperial Family, and the influence of the Prussian House was a considerable factor in the marriages of the Romanoffs. When, however, the question arose of the marriage of the heir to the Russian Throne, political reasons existed which prevented him from asking the opinion of his uncle in Berlin, and it was decided to allow the young Grand Duke, by travel, to find out for himself whether heA LOVE PILGRIMAGE could meet with a princess whom he would think beautiful enough, and clever enough, to be worthy of becoming the Tsarina. The Tsarevitch was the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovitch, that handsome and clever man, who was to die so prematurely, and to leave behind him the reputation of having been one of the most accomplished men of his generation. He had been brought up with the utmost care by a fond mother, who loved him so intensely that she was heard to say that in taking him away from her God had punished her for having preferred him to her other child...