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The Princess of Siberia : the story of Maria Volkonsky and the Decembrist exiles

Author: Christine Sutherland
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This portrait of Maria and members of the Decembrist circle is based on the unpublished memoirs and diaries of the princess, which the Volkonsky family made available to the author. Beautiful, cultivated, and the daughter of a hero of the Napoleonic wars, Maria Volkonsky had been married only one year when in 1825 the tsar sentenced her husband, Decembrist leader Sergey Volkonsky to life imprisonment in Siberia.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Marii︠a︡ Nikolaevna Volkonskai︠a︡, kni︠a︡gini︠a︡; Marija Nikolaevna Volkonskaja, knjaginja; Marii︠a︡ Nikolaevna Volkonskai︠a︡, kni︠a︡gini︠a︡; Marija N Volkonskaja
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Sutherland
ISBN: 0374237271 9780374237271 2262003815 9782262003814
OCLC Number: 10018211
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: viii, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. The Raevskys --
Kiev, the Crimea, and Pushkin --
The liberals gather at Kamenka --
Sergei --
The doomed conspiracy --
The fortress --
The journey --
Point of no return : Irkutsk --
Pt. 2. Descent into Hell --
The ladies of Chita --
Petrovsky Zavod --
Misha and Elena --
The princess of Siberia --
Going home.
Responsibility: Christine Sutherland.
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This portrait of Maria and members of the Decembrist circle is based on the unpublished memoirs and diaries of the princess, which the Volkonsky family made available to the author. Beautiful, cultivated, and the daughter of a hero of the Napoleonic wars, Maria Volkonsky had been married only one year when in 1825 the tsar sentenced her husband, Decembrist leader Sergey Volkonsky to life imprisonment in Siberia. Despite her family's and the tsar's opposition, Maria was determined to join her husband in exile. She was more than halfway there when the tsar decreed that she could never return from Siberia.

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