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The Imperial Tea Party Reviews

The Imperial Tea Party by Frances Welch

The Imperial Tea Party

Family, politics and betrayal: the ill-fated British and Russian royal alliance

Frances Welch

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1 review

Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publication date: 14 Jun 2018
ISBN: 9781780723068

The British and Russian royal families had just three full meetings before the Romanovs' tragic end in 1918. In The Imperial Tea Party, Frances Welch draws back the curtain on those fraught encounters, which had far-reaching consequences for 20th-century Europe and beyond.

4 stars out of 5
Ian Sansom
11 Aug 2018

"what’s fascinating is her inimitable style and approach to the subject matter"

The three encounters that Welch narrates are certainly intriguing and not without significance in historical terms, but what’s fascinating is her inimitable style and approach to the subject matter. Reading her books is rather like reading the novels of Ivy Compton-Burnett: accounts of rarefied, claustrophobic worlds, featuring strange, intense relationships, and with a strong tendency to wander conversationally from subject to subject, place to place and person to person. One moment you’re reading about the telegrams between Alexandra and Queen Victoria (who called her ‘Alicky’), the next moment, up pops Kropotkin, and then you’re suddenly on the quayside at Leith. You really have to be able to keep up.