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Letters from St Petersburg

Letters from St Petersburg

A Siamese Prince at the Court of the Last Tsar

Edited by Narisa Chakrabongse


  • This never-before-seen family archive provides unique insight into both the Russian and Thai courts at this important time period, as well as their relationship with one another
  • A personal and touching glimpse of the world through the eyes of a young prince, including both official news and more personal letters
  • Includes over 300 photographs, many which have never been published, as well as postcards and mementoes collected by Prince Chakrabongse
Full Description

A tsarevitch, Nicholas visited Bangkok in 1891 as part of his Eastern Tour, celebrating the opening of the eastern branch of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Lavishly entertained by the Thai monarch, the two become close and an enduring friendship ensued.

The king’s son, Prince Chakrabongse, was invited to study in St Petersburg at the Tsar’s court, and his 8-year stay was paid for by Nicholas. He was treated as a member of the family and had a unique insight into Tsarist Russia. His letters home to his father, the king, are insightful, full of observations and news about the Russian court. The king was equally candid in his replies, making for a revealing read for anyone with an interest in this period of history.

Text in Thai.

About the Author
Narisa Chakrabongse is the granddaughter of Prince Chakrabongse. She reveals here for the first time some 200 letters, which have been held in personal archives in Thailand.
River Books
25th Mar 2020
USA & Canada
6.75 in x 9.5 in
480 Pages
50 color, 300 b&w
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