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Helen Rappaport
Writer, historian, TV talking head. Lover of all things Victorian, Gothic & late Imperial Russian. Historical Consultant on ITV Victoria. Big fan of ScandiNoir
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Helen Rappaport 8h
Goodness me what a handsome moustache and beard and that collar!! Quite the dandy!
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Peter Paul Rubens 18h
Died (alas!) on this day in 1622, in Paris, my colleague Frans Pourbus. Here, his magical portrait of Elisabeth of France at age 8, 1610. He had just arrived in Paris. You can see why they asked him to stay!
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Helen Rappaport 19h
Replying to @RebeccaRideal
Totally agree.
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Helen Rappaport 20h
Replying to @HallieRubenhold
Quite honestly Hallie I am amazed people are even still bothering to discuss this tired old conspiracy theory. Would love to see it disappear for ever!
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Susan Eisenhower 21h
What an honor to converse with — a brilliant writer on the and the Revolution.
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Helen Rappaport 20h
right up my street too!
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Helen Rappaport 23h
Replying to @cyprianmarkocki
No not on Instagram - I agree with you about Twitter, but that and Facebook are as much as I can manage right now!
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Helen Rappaport 23h
This new Russian site set up jointly by GARF the state archive and Russian Orthodox Church is simply magnificent! Beautiful poignant music and photographs. Mot importantly, it very clearly sets the tone of how profound July 2018 will be for many Russians
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Helen Rappaport Feb 19
Rancho Mirage Writers Festival have posted the videos of my events. Here is my favourite - a wide ranging in conversation with the wonderful Susan Eisenhower on Russia, Romanovs and Revolution
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Replying to @Wetdarkandwild
Love but 2 hours with ads is such a bore so always tape it.
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Oh shit that opening episode of new was so dark and disturbing. And anyone who wasted their evening on tedious Baftas— you’re mad not to have watched this.
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Re recent discussions here with fellow writers about historical accuracy on TV: article in today's Sunday Times Culture quotes author of book on Troy: 'Historical accuracy is irrelevant. It's a performance story that is designed to be reinterpreted.'
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Replying to @Rokewood
Glad the two hour power cut prevented me from seeing it. Glad too that instead I picked up a very rare book on Queen Vic and read it, appropriately, by candlelight
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Replying to @holland_tom
Thank you for sparing me.
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
A fine insightful article by , now leaving Moscow to become Guardian's Central and Eastern Europe correspondent in Budapest. Thanks for the tweets from Russia. I shall miss them.
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Helen Rappaport Feb 18
Replying to @gillalexander
Oh lord - well I virtuously read by candlelight instead!
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Helen Rappaport Feb 17
Joys of country living: 2 hour power cut last night had me attempting to read huddled up close to three candles. Appropriately enough chose book about Queen Vic. But eyes hurt- don’t know how anyone in 19C managed it without ruining their eyesight
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Helen Rappaport Feb 17
Replying to @gillalexander
Oh well I didn’t miss anything then? Power cut last night.
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Helen Rappaport Feb 17
Replying to @HallieRubenhold
Sorry I meant historical fiction
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Helen Rappaport Feb 17
Replying to @HallieRubenhold
A fiction author once told me writing non-fiction was ‘easy’ in comparison. I like to gather mountains of material and detail before I even start writing to try and minimise the interruptions but no matter how hard we try, historians always miss things.
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