My Recollections

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My Recollections ➵ My Recollections Download ➾ Author Catherine Radziwill – Polishdarling.co.uk From the book s Preface This book has no pretensions to be anything else but a simple narration of things I have seen, and descriptions of people I have met It does not aspire to be considered as a vo From the book s Preface This book has no pretensions to be anything else but a simple narration of things I have seen, and descriptions of people I have met It does not aspire to be considered as a volume of memoirs destined to clear up historical points of interest It is merely a little book of recollections which perhaps may amuse those who have lived through the same scenes, and moved in the same circles that I have done in various parts of Europe Existence nowadays is such a rush that the events of yesterday are just as much forgotten as those of a century ago, and I dare say that very few men and women will be found who give a thought to what happened ten or twenty years ago Everything changes so quickly that it has seemed to me it would be interesting to fix the remembrance of those last days of the century which so recently came to an end The whole aspect of the political and social world was then so entirely different from what it has become since the commanding personality of Prince Bismarck was withdrawn from the stage of this world s affairs When I entered society, the German Empire had been scarcely three years in existence France was writhing still in the convulsions of her late defeat Russia was slowly trying to re cover the many advantages of which the Crimean war had deprived her Motor cars were unknown, electric light was still spoken of as something quite extraordinary, and the telephone was not yet one of the resources of civilisation Manners, too, were different from those which prevail today The hunt after notoriety had not transformed individuals into self advertising personages of a stamp which is only too familiar Society was quieter, sedate adventurers had still a bad time of it, and the American element had not altogether invaded us Whilst I was writing this book, I often asked myself whether it was possible that I had lived in times so entirely different from the present It is because society has altered that this book may amuse some people and bore others The only meritwill claim for it is, that it is a true account of events of which I am cognisant Personal feeling has played such an important part alike in the German and Russian Courts that it is only by knowing people that one can understand political incidents I have tried to make the book just in its appreciation of individuals, and if I have wounded any susceptibilities such has been far from my intention I have met with many kindnesses in the world, and after all I have not found it such a bad perhaps because I have never asked much from it, having tried to practise the maxim ot Beaumarchais, that it is better to laugh than to cry I have come across bad people, of course,but I have also met characters such as those of the late Emperor and Empress Frederick, who alone would convince the greatest of misanthropes to acknowledge the lofty claims of humanity My book, I hope, will be accepted by its readers for what I have meant it to be a tribute of gratitude to some people and of kind feelings to others More than that it does not profess to be CATHERINE RADZIWILL London, August th,.

    Kindle Edition Å My Recollections ePUB ï a thought to what happened ten or twenty years ago Everything changes so quickly that it has seemed to me it would be interesting to fix the remembrance of those last days of the century which so recently came to an end The whole aspect of the political and social world was then so entirely different from what it has become since the commanding personality of Prince Bismarck was withdrawn from the stage of this world s affairs When I entered society, the German Empire had been scarcely three years in existence France was writhing still in the convulsions of her late defeat Russia was slowly trying to re cover the many advantages of which the Crimean war had deprived her Motor cars were unknown, electric light was still spoken of as something quite extraordinary, and the telephone was not yet one of the resources of civilisation Manners, too, were different from those which prevail today The hunt after notoriety had not transformed individuals into self advertising personages of a stamp which is only too familiar Society was quieter, sedate adventurers had still a bad time of it, and the American element had not altogether invaded us Whilst I was writing this book, I often asked myself whether it was possible that I had lived in times so entirely different from the present It is because society has altered that this book may amuse some people and bore others The only meritwill claim for it is, that it is a true account of events of which I am cognisant Personal feeling has played such an important part alike in the German and Russian Courts that it is only by knowing people that one can understand political incidents I have tried to make the book just in its appreciation of individuals, and if I have wounded any susceptibilities such has been far from my intention I have met with many kindnesses in the world, and after all I have not found it such a bad perhaps because I have never asked much from it, having tried to practise the maxim ot Beaumarchais, that it is better to laugh than to cry I have come across bad people, of course,but I have also met characters such as those of the late Emperor and Empress Frederick, who alone would convince the greatest of misanthropes to acknowledge the lofty claims of humanity My book, I hope, will be accepted by its readers for what I have meant it to be a tribute of gratitude to some people and of kind feelings to others More than that it does not profess to be CATHERINE RADZIWILL London, August th,."/>
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About the Author: Catherine Radziwill

Wrote under the pseudonym Count Paul Vasili Princess Catherine Radziwi Polish Katarzyna Radziwi owa March May was a notable Polish aristocrat Born in Russia into the House of Rzewuski, her maternal family was the illustrious Dashkov Vorontsov Carefully educated, in she married the Polish Prince Wilhelm RadziwiShe became a prominent figure at the Imperial courts in Germany and Russia, but became involved in a series of scandals She combined her love for the luxury of the courts, social life, gossip and intrigue with her literary talent and she is notable as the author of two dozen books on European royalty and the Russian court in particular most notably Behind the Veil at the Russian Court and her autobiography It Really Happened .



9 thoughts on “My Recollections

  1. Daniel Swanger Daniel Swanger says:

    Although sold under the book publisher s label of Forgotten Books, this book is a classic of court scenes of a vanished can I say it civilization, as a new era already began soon after this book was published in 1904 There were no automobiles, telephones or electricity and the famously named Crowned Heads of Europe presided from the queen of the continents as colonial nation states still had changed little, socially, since the eighteenth century Americans and adventurers were unheard of th Although sold under the book publisher s label of Forgotten Books, this book is a classic of court scenes of a vanished can I say it civilization, as a new era already began soon after this book was published in 1904 There were no automobiles, telephones or electricity and the famously named Crowned Heads of Europe presided from the queen of the continents as colonial nation states still had changed little, socially, since the eighteenth century Americans and adventurers were unheard of they started to appear in the Edwardian Era, at least in London, according to another author Lucky for us that Nihilism, worse than socialism, is over as a political movement from this time the anarchistic murder of governments Socialism too has been eclipsed yet here we read of what may have engendered those misrules Yet we nostalgically value these court scenes whereby an Empress could be presented in a train station and elegance with a reasonably slower pace of life was usual I found this book in an archive of an ethnic museum It s priceless Americans may recall the Kennedy family s Princess Lee Radziwell the sister to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, later Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis whom I met in New York the American Princess RAdziwell is of course a later relation to this book s author, a book full of accolades for other rulers and insights into personal politics, by Princess Catherine Radziwell spelled originally Rzewuski Insights into the Sultan s Constantinople by moonlight and the realities of Pope Leo XIII s self perceived lack of power are amazing the author thought that religion was a vanished belief of her civilization, and continued to oppose the political emancipation of Jewish people and to support Cecil Rhodes as apartheid founder of the Union of South Africa What s been gained and what s been lost in a hundred years We are still sorting it out Und bei Tag bin inch Regierungsrat and by day an Empire Man, perhaps according to the song by Kurt Weill 30 years later than this book by Princess Radziwell Bravo, an historic text with the biography of my own life and the Kennedy Princess German of my own family, Avis Colleen

  2. Nyna Nyna says:

    First a note on the formatting This book has been produced by an automatic scan that was not reviewed before publishing The formatting and typos are daunting and make it somewhat of a struggle to read I have read a few of Princess Radziwill s books and considered them a fun gossipy way of viewing history by a groupie This book was a revelation The Princess lived in the heart of royal circles She was raised in St Petersburg by a father who considered it important for girls to be educat First a note on the formatting This book has been produced by an automatic scan that was not reviewed before publishing The formatting and typos are daunting and make it somewhat of a struggle to read I have read a few of Princess Radziwill s books and considered them a fun gossipy way of viewing history by a groupie This book was a revelation The Princess lived in the heart of royal circles She was raised in St Petersburg by a father who considered it important for girls to be educated and aware of the surrounding political climate At the age of 15, the Princess was married to a Prince of Austrian and Polish heritage who was part of the court of the newly emerged Prussian Emperor She sat at the table with royalty and discussed politics with Bismark.The book was written in 1904 and starts shortly after the creation of a unified Prussia It covers her personal life and the political machinations that were occurring around her She writes without the benefit of knowing what will happen during WW I, but also discusses the climate that lead to the fall of so many of her fellow royals It inspired me to go back and finish reading Iron Kingdom on the history of Prussia.I enjoyed this book very much It is worth the struggle to read such a poorly formatted book

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9 thoughts on “My Recollections

  1. Daniel Swanger Daniel Swanger says:

    Although sold under the book publisher s label of Forgotten Books, this book is a classic of court scenes of a vanished can I say it civilization, as a new era already began soon after this book was published in 1904 There were no automobiles, telephones or electricity and the famously named Crowned Heads of Europe presided from the queen of the continents as colonial nation states still had changed little, socially, since the eighteenth century Americans and adventurers were unheard of th Although sold under the book publisher s label of Forgotten Books, this book is a classic of court scenes of a vanished can I say it civilization, as a new era already began soon after this book was published in 1904 There were no automobiles, telephones or electricity and the famously named Crowned Heads of Europe presided from the queen of the continents as colonial nation states still had changed little, socially, since the eighteenth century Americans and adventurers were unheard of they started to appear in the Edwardian Era, at least in London, according to another author Lucky for us that Nihilism, worse than socialism, is over as a political movement from this time the anarchistic murder of governments Socialism too has been eclipsed yet here we read of what may have engendered those misrules Yet we nostalgically value these court scenes whereby an Empress could be presented in a train station and elegance with a reasonably slower pace of life was usual I found this book in an archive of an ethnic museum It s priceless Americans may recall the Kennedy family s Princess Lee Radziwell the sister to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, later Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis whom I met in New York the American Princess RAdziwell is of course a later relation to this book s author, a book full of accolades for other rulers and insights into personal politics, by Princess Catherine Radziwell spelled originally Rzewuski Insights into the Sultan s Constantinople by moonlight and the realities of Pope Leo XIII s self perceived lack of power are amazing the author thought that religion was a vanished belief of her civilization, and continued to oppose the political emancipation of Jewish people and to support Cecil Rhodes as apartheid founder of the Union of South Africa What s been gained and what s been lost in a hundred years We are still sorting it out Und bei Tag bin inch Regierungsrat and by day an Empire Man, perhaps according to the song by Kurt Weill 30 years later than this book by Princess Radziwell Bravo, an historic text with the biography of my own life and the Kennedy Princess German of my own family, Avis Colleen


  2. Nyna Nyna says:

    First a note on the formatting This book has been produced by an automatic scan that was not reviewed before publishing The formatting and typos are daunting and make it somewhat of a struggle to read I have read a few of Princess Radziwill s books and considered them a fun gossipy way of viewing history by a groupie This book was a revelation The Princess lived in the heart of royal circles She was raised in St Petersburg by a father who considered it important for girls to be educat First a note on the formatting This book has been produced by an automatic scan that was not reviewed before publishing The formatting and typos are daunting and make it somewhat of a struggle to read I have read a few of Princess Radziwill s books and considered them a fun gossipy way of viewing history by a groupie This book was a revelation The Princess lived in the heart of royal circles She was raised in St Petersburg by a father who considered it important for girls to be educated and aware of the surrounding political climate At the age of 15, the Princess was married to a Prince of Austrian and Polish heritage who was part of the court of the newly emerged Prussian Emperor She sat at the table with royalty and discussed politics with Bismark.The book was written in 1904 and starts shortly after the creation of a unified Prussia It covers her personal life and the political machinations that were occurring around her She writes without the benefit of knowing what will happen during WW I, but also discusses the climate that lead to the fall of so many of her fellow royals It inspired me to go back and finish reading Iron Kingdom on the history of Prussia.I enjoyed this book very much It is worth the struggle to read such a poorly formatted book


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