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Monday, 14 April 2014
Hostages to Political Games: Did Lenin Order the Execution of the Royal Family
Topic: Books


The murders of the Russian Royal family in 1918 was an event which has been interpreted differently at different periods for nearly a century. Over the decades, it has triggered a vast growth of conspiracy theories: some based on conscientious research, others conjured up by attention-seeking opportunists.
 
The interview attempts a point of view free from political speculation. Vladimir Soloviev is the Chief Major Crimes Investigator for the Central Investigative Department of the Public Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation. He was the officer in charge of the recent Royal murder case. On July 17 2013 he spoke to Pravda's political analyst Victor Kozhemyako. 

Vladimir Nikolaevich Soloviev, was appointed officer in charge of the criminal investigation of the murder of Nicholas II and his family since 1993. The investigation was launched in connection with the discovery of the remains of nine persons found in a mass grave not far from Yekaterinburg. Soloviev was the one dealing with their identification, summoning numerous scientists and other experts, including foreign ones.
 
The rest is history. While some were free to disagree with the experts' conclusions, in 1998 the  remains were reburied with due honours in St Peter and Paul's Cathedral of Petersburg as the factual remains of Russia's Royal family.
 
At the time, the case was closed - only to be reopened in 2007 when local amateur historians found the remains of two more people - supposedly, Nicholas II's daughter and son - not far from the original burial. Once again, Vladimir Nikolaevich Soloviev headed the new investigation that, despite participation of yet more experts, was closed on January 15 2009.
 
Going over his original investigation in every detail is a huge task. The extent of Mr. Soloviev' immersion in the events that took place over 90 years ago has made him a unique expert on the subject. He's examined a wealth of documents, memoirs, eyewitnesses' accounts and all sorts of historic research that was conducted over various periods of time.

Hostages to Political Games (first English translation translated by Irene W. Galaktionova) is published in the latest issue of our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual No. 5 - Winter 2014. The article contains 18 pages, illustrated with 11 black and white photographs. 

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Monday, 7 April 2014
Finland Under the Tsars: An Uneasy Relationship
Topic: Books


The Grand Duchy of Finland existed between 1809 and 1917 as an autonomous part of the Russian Empire and was ruled by the Russian Emperor as Grand Duke. During the Finnish War between Sweden and Russia, the four Estates of occupied Finland were assembled at the Diet of Porvoo on 29 March 1809 to pledge allegiance to Alexander I of Russia. Following the Swedish defeat in the war and the signing of the Treaty of Fredrikshamn on 17 September 1809, Finland became a true autonomous grand duchy within the Russian Empire.

Each Russian monarch, from Alexander I to Nicholas II, left his own mark on the development of the Grand Duchy. For the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II, the islands of the Finnish archipelago became a favourite retreat away from the demands of the Russian capital. Alexander III was presented with a fishing lodge at Langinkoski, a gift from the Finnish people, where he would spend time with his family fishing for salmon in the nearby waters. Nicholas II and his family often sailed to the islands onboard the Imperial yacht. It was here that they enjoyed hiking, picnics, tennis, among other activities.

Coryne Hall examines the association between the Tsars and the Grand Duchy of Finland in her new article, Finland Under the Tsars: An Uneasy Relationship. Her extensive article covers the relation that each Russian monarch had with the Finns, their respective visits to the Grand Duchy from 1809 to 1915, including their private and leisure time.

Finland Under the Tsars: An Uneasy Relationship is published in the latest issue of our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual No. 5 - Winter 2014. The article contains 19 pages, illustrated with 22 black and white photographs. 

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Coryne Hall has written four books about the Romanovs, including Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie of Russia (1999); Once a Grand Duchess (with John Van der Kiste - 2002); Imperial Dancer: Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs (2005); and Hvidøre: A Royal Retreat (with Senta Driver - 2012). She has also written numerous magazine articles on British and European royalty. She lives in Hampshire, England. 
 
© Royal Russia. 07 April, 2014
 

 

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
NEW Royal Russia Bookshop Officially Open
Topic: Books

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Friday, 28 March 2014
A Life of Servitude: Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg
Topic: Books


Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna was born on 2 June 1838, in St. Petersburg as Duchess Alexandra Frederika Wilhelmina of Oldenburg. She was the eldest of the eight children of Duke Peter Georgievich of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Therese of Nassau-Weilburg, half-sister of Sofia of Nassau, queen consort of Oscar II of Sweden, and a great granddaughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia. She married the Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolayevich, Senior (1831-1891), and the mother of the Grand Dukes Nicholas Nikolayevich, Junior (1856-1929), and Peter Nikolayevich (1864-1931). After the break-up of her marriage, she retired from Court life to become a nun in 1889. 

Alexandra became a nun as 'Sister Anastasia' taking Holy Orders on 3 November 1889 in Kiev, while her husband was still alive. She founded the Pokrov of Our Lady Monastery in Kiev, a convent of nursing nuns with its own hospitals, asylums and dispensary to provide free treatment for the poor. She dedicated her life to the work, which had always been her priority. She remained close to her sons, who had taken her side in the family break up. Afflicted with stomach cancer, Alexandra Petrovna died peacefully at Kiev on 25 April [O.S. 13 April] 1900, at the age of 61. She was buried within the monastery graveyard in a plain white coffin, wearing her monastic habit. On the day of her burial, Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna attended a memorial service held in the Moscow Kremlin palace church.
 

In the 1950s, her remains were moved to the Lukianovskoe Cemetery. On November 2, 2009 Alexandra Petrovna’s remains were put to rest in the garden at the St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Pokrov Monastery. She was canonized the same year on November 24 as the locally venerated Reverend Grand Duchess Anastasia of Kiev, patron saint of all divorced men and women. Today her grave in the convent garden is again tended by nuns and her works continues.

Irene W. Galaktionova takes an in-depth look into the life of Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna, in the latest issue of Royal Russia Annual No. 5. Her article, A Life of Servitude is the cover story of this issue and contains 19 pages with 14 photographs. The author used Russian sources to research her biographical sketch of this little known member of the Russian Imperial family, including an interview with Russian historian and Oldenburg biographer Emma A. Annenkova.

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© Royal Russia. 28 March, 2014


 


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Sunday, 23 March 2014
The Lilacs of Tsarskoye Selo
Topic: Books


Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was particularly fond of the colour mauve, which is why the Mauve Boudoir or Lilac Study became her favourite room at the Alexander Palace. During the early months of spring and particularly on June 6th, the Tsarina's birthday, this room would be filled with the scent of her favourite lilacs and lilies-of-the-valley. Her other rooms were decorated with flowers all year round too. The Maple and Palisander Drawing-Rooms were filled with gorgeous bouquets of lilacs from either the Tsarskoye Selo Greenhouse or Livadia in the Crimea.

Today, the administration carries on the tradition of placing vases of fragrant lilacs throughout the restored rooms of the Alexander Palace on the day marking the Empress’s birthday.

This popular bloom enjoyed a long and popular history at Tsarskoye Selo, making its first appearance in the 18th century. Ekaterina Eparinova writes a short, but informative article in the latest issue of Royal Russia Annual, about the history of the lilac at Tsarskoye Selo, the varieties planted, and the popularity of this fragrant bloom with the last empress of Russia.

Ekaterina Eparinova is a research associate, and curator of the art collection at the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve (since 2007). She is studying for post-graduate course in Germanic philology.

The Lilacs of Tsarskoye Selo is published in the latest issue of our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual No. 5 - Winter 2014. The article contains 5 pages, illustrated with photographs (including the Mountain Hall, one of three new rooms opened in the Alexander Palace in 2013).

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© Royal Russia. 23 March, 2014


 


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Updated: Sunday, 23 March 2014 8:12 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Royal Russia Annual No. 5 - Winter 2014 - NOW IN STOCK!
Topic: Books

The latest issue of our official magazine is now available. More than 100 pages of text and over 100 black and white photographs. Included in this issue are the following 8 full-length articles:

A Life of Servitude: Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg - 19 pages with 14 photographs!

- Irene W. Galaktionova takes an in-depth look into the life of Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna (1838-1900), wife of the Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolayevich, Senior (1831-1891), and the mother of the Grand Dukes Nicholas Nikolayevich, Junior (1856-1929), and Peter Nikolayevich (1864-1931). After the breakup of her marriage, she retired from Court life to become a nun in 1889. Alexandra Petrovna died at Pokrov of Our Lady Monastery in Kiev on 25 April [O.S. 13 April] 1900, when she was 61. 

Finland Under the Tsars. An Uneasy Relationship - 19 pages with 22 photographs!

- Coryne Hall writes about the association between the Tsars of Russia and Finland from the reign of Alexander I to Nicholas II, with particular emphasis on the visits the Tsars paid there (both official and on their holidays). 

My Russia: The Petrovsky Travelling Palace, Moscow - 14 pages with 17 photographs!

- Paul Gilbert writes about the history of the Petrovsky Travelling Palace in Moscow. The palace has a fascinating history as the final stop for Russia’s sovereigns before their entry into Moscow for their coronations. Seven emperors and empresses of Russia (Catherine II to Nicholas II) stayed here, and one unwelcome emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. Contemporary notes on the restoration of the palace are based on the author’s recent visit to the palace in October 2013. Richly illustrated with photographs by Paul Gilbert.

Remnants of Empire: The Estates of Russia and What Became of Them - 11 pages with 9 photographs!

- Jason Grant writes about the history and fate of the country retreats of Russia’s aristocracy, and includes many of his own photographs.

The Lilacs of Tsarskoye Selo - 5 pages with 3 photographs!

- Ekaterina Eparinova offers a charming history of the lilac at Tsarskoye Selo, the favourite bloom of the last Russian empress, Alexandra Feodorovna.

Hostages to Political Games: Did Lenin Order the Execution of the Royal Family? - 18 pages with 11 photographs!

-  An interview with Vladimir Soloviev, Chief Major Crimes Investigator for the CID of the Public Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation

 The Fall of the Romanovs - 11 pages with 10 photographs!

- by HRH Viktoria Luise, Princess of Prussia

The Departure of an Empress - 6 pages with 4 photographs!

- by Countess Yekaterina Petrovna Kleinmichel 

This issue also features 2 collections of rare and vintage photographs:

Frozen in Time - 5 pages with 10 photographs!

- featuring photographic memories of the Russian Imperial family

The Lost World of Imperial Russia - 9 pages with 14 photographs!

- featuring vintage photographs of Imperial Russia before the Revolution

Order your copy securely (credit card or PayPal) from our online shop by clicking on the following link;

 

ROYAL RUSSIA ANNUAL NO. 5 - WINTER 2014

 

 

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Updated: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 4:27 PM EDT
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Monday, 3 March 2014
NEW! Royal Russia Annual No. 5 - Winter 2014 Issue
Topic: Books

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Updated: Thursday, 6 March 2014 9:01 AM EST
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Russian Monarchy: Representation and Rule by Richard Wortman
Topic: Books


Russian Monarchy: Representation and Rule is a new volume from Richard Wortman, the author of Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy (2 volumes) explores the effect of the symbolic and mythical representations of the Russian imperial government on law, administrative practice, and concepts of national and imperial identities throughout centuries of monarchical rule. Richard Wortman demonstrates how the ideologies behind such representations shaped the thought patterns not only of the tsar and the imperial family but also of the Russian political and social elite. He characterizes the monarchy as an active agent in Russia’s political experience, one whose dominant role was resisting change until the inevitable collapse facing all absolute monarchies.

Richard Wortman, James Bryce Professor Emeritus of European Legal History, specializes in the history of imperial Russia. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1963 to 1977, and Princeton from 1977 to 1988, before coming to Columbia. His publications include The Crisis of Russian Populism (Cambridge University Press, 1967) and The Development of a Russian Legal Consciousness (University of Chicago Press, 1976). (Russian translation, NLO Press, 2004). His most recent books are Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy. Volume One: From Peter the Great to the Death of Nicholas I (Princeton University Press, 1995), Russian translation, (OGI Press,2002), and the second volume of the work From Alexander II to the Abdication of Nicholas II (Princeton University Press, 2000), (Russian translation, OGI Press, 2004), which was awarded the George L. Mosse prize of the American Historical Association. The two volumes were awarded the 2006 Efim Etkind prize of the St. Petersburg European University for the best western work on Russian culture and literature. His latest book is an abridged and revised one-volume version of Scenarios is Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy: From Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II (Princeton University Press, 2006). In November 2007, he received the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies' highest award, for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Slavic Studies. His current work concerns representations of imperial power and the culture of rule of Russian monarchy. 

For more information on this title, or to order a copy, please refer to the publisher's web site;

Academic Studies Press 

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Updated: Friday, 14 February 2014 2:11 PM EST
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Russian Royal Classics - SAVE 50% During Our Winter Book Sale!
Topic: Books

 

Save 50% off the regular retail price of our Russian Royal Classics series. This popular series of memoirs and biographies includes 8 titles on the Romanovs, in handsome hard cover editions! These titles are quality reprints of the original editions, complete with all their original photographs.

Not only is this sale a wonderful opportunity for you to stock up on some winter reading, but to also add some classic Romanov reading to your own personal library. Sale ends on February 15th, 2014 or while quantities last!

For more information, or to place an order, please refer to the following links at our online bookshop: 

(1) An Unbroken Unity (by E.M Almedingen)

(2) At the Court of the Last Tsar (by A. A. Mossolov)

(3) Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna (by Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden)

(4) Mother Dear: The Empress Marie and Her Time (by V. Poliakoff)

(5) My Empress (by Marfa Mouchanow)

(6) My Russian Life (by Princess Anatole Marie Bariatinsky)

(7) The Real Romanovs (by Gleb Botkin)

(8) The Russia That I Loved (by N. Wonlar-Larsky)

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Thursday, 12 December 2013
ROYAL RUSSIA PUBLICATIONS
Topic: Books

Below is a list of the most popular titles published by Royal Russia, including our official magazine (current and back issues), our 2014 wall calendar and our two bestselling books. For more information, including contents, prices, etc., please click on the links below;  

 

 

All of these titles are available through our Royal Russia online bookshop (links provided above), or from the following booksellers: Amazon.com (USA); Librairie Galignani (Paris, France); and Booksellers Van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands).

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