The story begins in Russia 1917, at the time that Czar Nicholas 2nd, his wife, Alexandra, and four children Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, Maria and son, Alexis, are imprisoned before being assassinated. Little-known is the fact that there was a parallel or rival Czar in the far-east of Russia, recognised by the Old Believers: Czar Ussuri, who had a small son, Mikhail. Because of the prevailing unrest, Mikhail was sent to live under the guardianship of an old Russian aristocratic family, where, in time, he would be known as Peter Mikhail Czarevitch,Fast forward to 2008, where some members of a sports club are spending their summer holidays in St Helena. Sinister events are unfolding on the island at the same time. The thing that bonds the group is croquet.Would they, and the game of croquet, survive?
The latest in the British Historic Towns Atlas series explains the history of Winchester, a city which has played such an important part in English history from Roman times onwards. A series of large format maps show how Winchester was at key points in its history, charting its development and changing shape.
Guidebook to 32 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, from 4 to 18 miles long. The routes are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year round. Includes a complete circuit of the island’s spectacular coast as well as walks exploring forest trails and downland, and visiting the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor.