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Fabritsky, S - Of bygone days

Fabritsky, S - Of bygone days
For the first time translated into English the memoirs of Rear Admiral Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky, Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor Nicholas II "The time I spent with Their Majesties - over the course of many years and under varied circumstances - will always be the source of my most precious memories, and I am very happy to be able to share those memories now with a wide public. I hope at least to give an absolutely truthful account of what I saw and heard" - Semyon S. Fabritsky Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky (1874-1941) had a fascinating career during the twilight years of Imperial Russia. He began his naval career in the very first days of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II. He was later personally appointed Flügel-Adjutant by the Emperor himself, a position he served with immense pride and devotion. During his service to Nicholas II, Fabritsky earned both the trust and friendship of the Emperor. Through his often uninterrupted contact with Russia’s last sovereign and observing him at all hours and under a variety of conditions, Fabritsky was able to form a clear picture of Nicholas II and his family, through his own personal eye-witness observations. He also served aboard the Imperial yachts, partaking in holidays with the Emperor and his family to the Crimea and the Finnish skerries. He shares interesting details and anecdotes about the Polar Star, Alexandria, and Standart. Fabritsky provides great insight to the treachery, cowardice, and deceit which prevailed every where. He acknowledges ministers and generals who were either unworthy of their posts or unfit for them. Sadly, it was these men which surrounded Nicholas II during his twenty-two and a half year reign, who contributed to the downfall of monarchy and the destruction of the Russian Empire in 1917. paperback edition, 192 pages, illustrated, in English.

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