WeWriWa—A letter from the Emperor

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This snippet takes place right after the last one shared two weeks ago, as Arkadiya Gagarina has had a gift and letter from the Tsar delivered to her upgraded hotel room. She’s in complete shock as she reads the letter.

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The penultimate letter in his name (not counting the final swirl seemingly used by everyone in the Imperial Family) is called a Yat (Ѣ), one of the Russian letters which was discarded after 1918 orthographic reforms. It was replaced by the pre-existing letter E, though many Russian émigrés continued using the old letters.

From the desk of His Imperial Majesty, Tsar Aleksey II, Aleksandr Palace, Tsarskoye Selo

31 August 1929

Princess Arkadiya,

It was most enjoyable to meet you, talk with you, and dine with you yesterday.  Perhaps we can meet again when I pass through Yekaterinburg on my planned future tour of the Russian Empire, or when you’re in St. Petersburg again.  Under my rule, morganatic nobility are welcome at court, and will probably be a much better addition to the Imperial Court than the old royal blood who don’t live in the real world.

Please accept these humble gifts as my way of saying thank you for the honor of being in your presence yesterday.  Beyond that, every princess deserves some finery.  Maybe you’ll feel like more of a real princess if you have nice jewelry.

Warmest regards,

Aleksey Nikolayevich

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The title used at the start of the letter is just his abbreviated title. The full title appears only once, at the start of the document liberally amending the draconian House Laws. It’s only slightly shorter than it used to be, since by 1929, Bulgaria had its own Tsar and was no longer part of the Russian Empire, and Poland was free.

We, by the Grace of God, Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, of Moskva, Kiyev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Tauric Chersonesos, Tsar of Georgia, Lord of Pskov, and Grand Duke of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, and Finland, Prince of Estonia, Livonia, Courland and Semigalia, Samogitia, Belostok, Karelia, Tver, Yugra, Perm, Vyatka, and other territories; Lord and Grand Duke of Nizhniy Novgorod, Sovereign of Chernigov, Ryazan, Potolsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Belozersk, Udoria, Obdoria, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislavl, and all northern territories; Sovereign of Iberia, Kartalinia, and the Kabardinian lands and Armenian territories; Hereditary Lord and Ruler of the Circassians and Mountain Princes and others; Lord of Turkestan, Heir of Norway, Duke of Schleswig–Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, Oldenburg, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth, His Imperial Majesty Aleksey II

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16 comments on “WeWriWa—A letter from the Emperor

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    “Morganatic”–I had to look that one up. Cool.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Huge shoes he is wearing, poor young man

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  3. Marcia says:

    I can imagine she about faints away after reading that! I’m definitely liking this story 🙂

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  4. What a sweet gesture. Nice snippet. 🙂

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  5. Alexis Duran says:

    So the Tsar might pop in for a visit someday? Yikes! She must be thrilled and terrified at the same time.

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  6. Bling is always welcome. I was interested to read this. Nearly three decades ago, the first novel I wrote was an historical paranormal romance set in Russia, during the reign of Peter the Great.

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  7. P.T. Wyant says:

    That is actually a very sweet letter. He sounds almost unsure of himself.

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  8. Wow, THAT is a title! Always love the historical insights you share. Enjoyed the snippet although I’m thinking Aleksey could be a bit more aggressive in his pursuit of the girl here LOL.

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  9. Interesting snippet–I enjoyed reading it.

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  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    What can I say, except that it’s a great snippet, yata yata yata.

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  11. Somehow I can’t see her accepting this gift–or any of the others I suspect will be coming with a lot of grace. But I also don’t see him backing down! We’ll have to see who blinks first.

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  12. Allyson says:

    Great snippet!

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  13. That’s one heck of a title for him! It’s sweet for him to send gifts, but I don’t think she’s expecting anything. I like both of them.

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  14. Wow, ten lines just for this name, that’s really something!

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  15. Such an interesting letter! I like him.

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  16. My head is spinning at how long his title REALLY was. Holy crap that’s a mouthful. A very sweet letter from him though, I think someone is liking the Princess a bit more than he is letting on.

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