*Captivating story that changed the course of history*Riveting account of Katya's journey to become Mom Katerin*Biographical story that bridges Siam, Russia, England and France*Rare and unseen portraits, letters and diary entries*Fascinating insight into pre-revolutionary Russia and the Siamese court Katya & the Prince of Siam is the story of a daring love affair and marriage between a beautiful young Russian girl from Kiev and a Siamese prince, Prince Chakrabongse, one of King Chulalongkorn's favorite sons. It tells of their meeting in St. Petersburg in 1904 where the prince had an honorary commission in the Hussars as a protoge of the Tsar, of their elopement to marry in Constantinople and their journey and arrival in Siam. At first an outcast in Thai society, Ekaterina Ivanovna Desnitsky, or Mom Katerin as she became known, gradually gained love and respect. In 1908, they had a son, Prince Chula and for the next 10 years enjoyed a happy life in Bangkok society as well as making various trips abroad and throughout Siam.
Making use of much hitherto unpublished archive material such as letters, diaries and photographs, the book gives a fascinating insight into life in both pre-revolutionary Russia and the Siamese court.
Narisa Chakrabongse is the only daughter of Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Thailand and his English wife Elisabeth Hunter. She is the author of many books as well as the editor of the 'Oxford River Books English-Thai Dictionary' and approximately fifty other titles related to art and culture in Southeast Asia. She is the founding president of Green World Foundation (GWF), an environmental foundation promoting education about environmental issues in schools. A well-known media personality in Thailand, she withdrew from the torch-running ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics, protesting against China's actions in Tibet; the first person to do so though followed by many others.