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Monday, 15 January 2018
To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal
Topic: Books

In June 2018, Amberley Publishing will release To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe 1917-1919, a new book on the Russian Imperial family by royal historian and Romanov expert Coryne Hall.

When Russia erupted into revolution, almost overnight the pampered lifestyle of the Imperial family vanished. Within months many of them were under arrest and they became ‘enemies of the Revolution and the Russian people’. All showed great fortitude and courage during adversity. None of them wanted to leave Russia; they expected to be back on their estates soon and live as before. When it became obvious that this was not going to happen a few managed to flee, but others became dependent on their foreign relatives for help.

For those who failed to escape, the questions remain. Why did they fail? What did their relatives do to help them? Were lives sacrificed to save other European thrones? After 35 years researching and writing about the Romanovs, Coryne Hall considers the end of the 300-year-old dynasty - and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over the Romanovs' bloody end. Did the Kaiser do enough? Did George V? When the Tsar’s cousins King Haakon of Norway and King Christian of Denmark heard of Nicholas’s abdication, what did they do? Unpublished diaries of the Tsar’s cousin Grand Duke Dmitri give a new insight to the Romanovs’ feelings about George V’s involvement.

Coryne Hall has written four books about the Romanovs, and numerous magazine articles on British and European royalty, including Majesty. Her most recent publication is a collaboration with Princess Olga Romanoff, A Wild and Barefoot Romanov (2017).  

Coryne Hall is a regular contributor to the bi-annual journals Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia, and Sovereign. The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II. Her 4-part series Nicholas II and the British Monarchs, was published in Sovereign issues No. 2 (2016) to No. 5 (2017) respectively.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 January 2018 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:56 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 6:10 AM EST
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New Website Dedicated to First Greek Language Biography on the Holy Royal Martyrs
Topic: Books

This article was originally published by on 15 January 2018

The Monastery of St. John the Forerunner in Mesa Potamos, Cyprus has opened a new high-quality website dedicated to the publication of the first biography of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his family, to appear in the Greek language.

As previously reported, The Romanov Holy Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal, the first complete biography of the Royal Martyrs to be published in Greek, aims to clear away some of the misconceptions surrounding their lives and deaths, and to clearly portray the full scope of the martyric feat of the last Russian Royal Family, demonstrating why they are so greatly loved and venerated in Russia, and beyond.

“What is the truth about the last Romanovs? Why, for more than a hundred years, have there been methodical efforts to distort the facts of their life, while the Orthodox Church has glorified them as saints? The Monastery of St John the Forerunner in Mesa Potamos, Cyprus, having made use of the primary sources, presents for the first time to Greek readers what silence could not conceal,” the website reads.

The site is available in both Greek and English, and features texts and pictures from the book, as well as videos from the DVD that accompanies the book.
A PDF of the last chapter of the book is offered on the site, as well as high-quality photos dedicated to the member of the family separately, to the family as a whole, and to the hospital work undertaken by the sainted final royal family of Russia. The videos present newsreel footage from the coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra, the anniversary of the Battle of Borodino, and various shots of the royal children.

Six tracks from the DVD’s soundtrack can also be heard on the site, including the Russian Imperial Anthem as sung by the Valaam Brotherhood Choir.

Orders for the new book, The Romanov Holy Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal, can also be placed on the site.
Click here to review the English language version of the web site, which features excerpts from diaries and letters, newsreel footage, music, and a richly illustrated gallery of more than 40 beautiful colourized photographs of Nicholas II and his family, made by Olga Shirnina.

© 15 January 2018 


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Updated: Monday, 15 January 2018 12:34 PM EST
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
Benckendorff, Eagar, Fabritsky . . . Going, Going, Gone!
Topic: Books

I am now down to the last case of each of the following three book titles - all published by Royal Russia. Please note that there will be NO further reprints on any of these titles once they have sold out.

Don't miss this last chance to enjoy some great winter reading, and to add these titles to your personal Romanov library collection.

Last Days at Tsarskoe Selo - Expanded Edition!
by Count Paul Benckendorff
Price $20.00 CAD + postage 

Count Paul Benckendorff served as the Grand Marshall of the Russian Imperial Court under Tsar Nicholas II. After the collapse of the monarchy, both he and his wife shared the captivity of the Russian Imperial family at Tsarskoe Selo.

His narrative provides a detailed eye-witness account of the last tsars’ abdication, transfer to Tsarskoe Selo, and daily life during his months there under house arrest.

Throughout, Benckendorff characterizes Emperor Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna as courageous, gracious, and poised despite their obvious concern over the safety of their family.

Originally published in 1927, this new edition of Count Benckendorff’s memoirs is the most comprehensive to date. New features include a preface, an expanded introduction about the author, as well as a collection of photographs not found in the original. The text is unabridged and includes all of the appendixes from the original edition.

Six Years at the Russian Court - Expanded Edition!
by Margaretta Eagar
Price $25.00 CAD + postage 

Born in Ireland, Margaretta Eagar had been selected in 1898 by the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to take charge of her daughters. By 1904, she had taken on the roles as nanny, nurse, and friend to the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia, all of whom she loved dearly.
She notes in her book: “Shortly after the birth of the Tsarevich, I said to the Empress that I often thought of writing my memoirs. She encouraged me to do so, saying so many untruths had been published that it would be a relief to have an account of the Russian Court which was absolutely true.”
She portrays the Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna as patient and loving parents to their children, as observed by Eagar. Her memoirs offer numerous anecdotes of the grand duchesses daily routine, their personal tastes, personalities, and their travels. She also offers her personal impressions of life in St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Crimea, as well as the palaces and residences of the Russian Imperial family.
Originally published in 1906, this new expanded edition features two additional chapters about the grand duchesses,  written by Miss Eagar in 1909, five years after she left Russia. Also, an extensive 46-page introduction, written by Romanov  historian and author, Charlotte Zeepvat is included which offers previously unpublished material on Miss Eagar's personal life before and after Russia, her thoughts on the grand duchesses, letters by or about her from the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the reason why she left Russia in 1904, as well as some of her own writing that does not appear in her book.
This new, expanded edition of Six Years at the Russian Court will be a welcome addition to any one with an interest in the four daughters of the last Russian tsar.

Of Bygone Days. The Memoirs of an Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor Nicholas II - 1st English Edition
by Semyon S. Fabritsky
Price $20.00 CAD + postage 

Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky (1874-1941) had a fascinating career during the twilight years of Imperial Russia. He began his naval career in the very first days of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II.
He was later personally appointed Flügel-Adjutant by the Emperor himself, a position he served with immense pride and devotion. 
During his service to Nicholas II, Fabritsky earned both the trust and friendship of the Emperor. Through his often uninterrupted contact with Russia’s last sovereign and observing him at all hours and under a variety of conditions, Fabritsky was able to form a clear picture of Nicholas II and his family, through his own personal eye-witness observations.
He also served aboard the Imperial yachts, partaking in holidays with the Emperor and his family to the Crimea and the Finnish skerries. He shares interesting details and anecdotes about the Polar Star, Alexandria, and Standart.
Fabritsky provides great insight to the treachery, cowardice, and deceit which prevailed every where. He acknowledges ministers and generals who were either unworthy of their posts or unfit for them. Sadly, it was these men which surrounded Nicholas II during his twenty-two and a half year reign, who contributed to the downfall of monarchy and the destruction of the Russian Empire in 1917.
First English language edition, translated with introduction and notes by William Lee.

© Gilbert's Books. 13 January, 2018


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Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2018 8:32 AM EST
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Thursday, 4 January 2018
Sale of Paul Gilbert's Royal Library
Topic: Books

At some point in the next few years, I will be moving back to England and settle into some form of “semi-retirement”. Once I am settled, I am happy to note that I will continue updating my Royal Russia News blog, as well as new publishing projects. 
In March of this year, I made the decision to begin selling off the bulk of my personal royal library. This is a collection which spans a lifetime, and consists of more than 2-3,000 new, rare and second-hand royalty titles on Russian, European and British royalty. The bulk of my collection consists of books on the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia, but I also have a large number of titles on the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns for offer.
The process of selecting, scanning, cataloguing and listing each book in my online shop is very time consuming process, and it will take me several years to complete this enormous task. I will be keeping some titles, which will be shipped to England, when I am ready to make the move. Among those are my unique collection of books on Nicholas II and his family - including many rare books which I purchased over the years during my numerous visits to Russia.   

The titles offered for sale are all one-of-a-kind, there are no duplicates! Books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The condition of each book varies and is noted with each listing. Titles are available in a variety of languages: English, Russian, French, and German. Please check individual listings before ordering.

All prices are in US dollars, payment can only be made by credit card through my secure online shop. I cannot accept any telephone orders for these titles.
I have sold over 300 books from my collection to date. Parting with my collection was a very difficult decision to make, however, the sheer cost to ship my entire collection to England would be financially impossible. I have received some very kind emails and letters from people who have purcahsed some of these books, and have noted that my books are going to "good homes, where books are still appreciated and enjoyed". It does bring me some comfort knowing that my books will be valued and treasured by others who share an interest in royalty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have purchased books from royal collection over the past year. 

Please note that I will be adding new titles on a weekly, so please bookmark the page and check back for new listings. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 4 January, 2018


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Updated: Friday, 5 January 2018 12:23 PM EST
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Monday, 18 December 2017
My Russia. Ekaterinburg - Coming Soon!
Topic: Books

Further to my original announcement on 27 October 2017, I am pleased to announce that I am now writing the final chapter for my upcoming book My Russia. Ekaterinburg, which is scheduled for publication in early 2018.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Russia’s last emperor and tsar Nicholas II, his family and faithful retainers, therefore, the publication of this unique guide and history of the Ural capital is timely. My Russia. Ekaterinburg explores the places associated with the last days of the Imperial family during their captivity in the Ipatiev House, and includes information and photographs on museums, churches and other places of interest.

My Russia. Ekaterinburg is divided into sections, and includes a comprehensive introduction, a brief history of the Ipatiev House, the Church on the Blood, the Museum of the Holy Royal Family and the Patriarchal Compound, the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent, the Romanov Memorial Hall of the Museum of History and Archaeology of the Urals, Ganina Yama, Porosyonkov Log, Alapaevsk, and Tobolsk. Additional supplements include maps, travel tips, and much more. 

My Russia. Ekaterinburg is richly illustrated throughout. I have selected from the 500 photographs, taken by me during my visits to Ekaterinburg in 2012 and 2016. These are further complemented with additional photographs from my own private collection.

This book will be of immense value to any one visiting Ekaterinburg during the historic events marking Tsar’s Days in July 2018, as well as to armchair travellers who share an interest in the final days of Russia’s last Imperial family.

My Russia. Ekaterinburg (front and back covers are displayed) will be available from the Royal Russia Bookshop in early 2018.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 December, 2017


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Updated: Monday, 18 December 2017 1:33 PM EST
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Friday, 15 December 2017
Topic: Books


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Updated: Friday, 15 December 2017 3:11 PM EST
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
Special Offer from ROYAL RUSSIA
Topic: Books


14 April, 2017

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:11 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 30 October 2017 3:02 AM EDT
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Friday, 6 October 2017
Royal Russia No. 12 Summer 2017 Issue - NOW IN STOCK!
Topic: Books

133 pages with 8 Full-length articles. 113 Black and White Photos & Illustrations.

ISBN 978-1-927604-26-7

The Summer 2017 issue of Royal Russia No. 12 is now available from the Royal Russia Bookshop

The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors in our latest issue. Note: click on the button located at the bottom of this page to review a short summary of each article:
My Russia. Byzantine Jewel on the Neva
by Paul Gilbert

Traitor to His Father.  Tsarevich Alexey and Peter the Great
by Irene W. Galaktionova

The Unknown Ivan the Terrible
by Deacon Vladimir Vasilik
Translated by Irene W. Galaktionova and Neil P. Mayhew 

Faithful to the End. The Devoted Servants of the Imperial Family
by Natalya Stukova
Translated by William Lee

‘A World that Existed Only Briefly’ - The Bialowieza Imperial Hunting Lodge
by Coryne Hall

Empress Elizabeth Petrovna’s Coronation Album
by Nina Markova

Photographs from the Private Album of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexndrovich
by Paul Gilbert

Last Days of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich
by Général Constantin Brummer
Translated by Katherine Alexandra Hines

Royal Russia News
Compiled, Translated and Edited by Paul Gilbert
- 24-page news supplement offers Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history with the top news stories and photographs from Russian media sources on the Romanovs, their legacy and Imperial Russian history, translated from Russian and presented in English for the first time.

Nicholas II. Emperor, Tsar and Saint Conference
27th October 2017 in London, England 

This issue also includes our popular collections of vintage photos:
Frozen in Time
- featuring photographic memories of the Russian Imperial family

The Lost World of Imperial Russia 
- featuring vintage photographs of Imperial Russia before the Revolution
Our official magazine was intended to be published only once a year as an annual, but due to its popularity, Royal Russia  is now published twice a year, while still retaining its original name. An annual Winter edition and an annual Summer edition are now be issued.

Watch for our advertisements in upcoming issues of Majesty and Russian Life magazines. Current and back issue of Royal Russia can be purchased at the Royal Russia Bookshop (Canada), (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France). 


© Gilbert's Books. 06 October, 2017


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Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2017 5:15 AM EST
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Friday, 14 July 2017
Russian Historian Helen Rappaport Receives Honourary Doctorate
Topic: Books

Dr. Helen Rappaport (right) with friend Professor Ingrid Sharp (right). Photo © Helen Rappaport

On Thursday, 13 July 2017, Russian historian and author Helen Rappaport received an honourary doctorate from the University of Leeds. On behalf of all Royal Russia followers and supporters around the world, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Helen Rappaport.

Founder of Royal Russia

Presentation address by Professor Matthew Treherne


A graduate of Russian Studies at the University of Leeds, Helen Rappaport chose not to follow the suggestion of a career in the Foreign Office, opting instead to enter the acting profession, and going on to work in film, television and commercials until the late 1980s, when she turned to writing history. 

Her study of Russian at Leeds shaped this new, dazzling career.  She has translated and interpreted Chekhov’s plays, working with figures such as Tom Stoppard.  But she stands out as an extremely successful author of historical works based on high quality historical research, much of which was conducted here, at the Leeds Russian Archive.  Her works include the portrait of the last Tsar’s daughters, Four Sisters, a bestseller both in the UK and in the USA. 

Her twelfth book is Caught in the Revolution:  Petrograd 1917, a major work published on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.  One reviewer described it as ‘superbly narrated’, a ‘gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle’.  And it is this quality – Helen’s ability to combine rigorous, deep research with a storyteller’s flair – which we celebrate today and which enables her to inspire so many.  

We feel that inspiration at Leeds: her book lends its title to our exhibition on the Russian Revolution currently in the Brotherton Library’s Treasures Gallery.  Indeed, the Russian Archive in the Brotherton has been enriched over the years by Helen: she has used her contacts to secure a number of important deposits.

Helen has made regular appearances on national radio including Woman’s Hour and Start the Week and as an expert on historical documentaries on BBC and commercial channels. Her appearances at literary festivals attract large, appreciative audiences. 

Helen’s advice to aspiring writers should resonate with us all on a graduation day:  ‘you have to read and read and read and soak up life experiences and an understanding of the world […]. And you must never ever cease to be curious about everything.’  Helen both exemplifies that ceaseless curiosity, and inspires it in us.

Vice-Chancellor, it is a very great pleasure to present to you for the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Helen Francesca Rappaport. 

©  University of Leeds. 14 July, 2017


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Updated: Friday, 14 July 2017 8:01 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Russian Royal Classics
Topic: Books

© Royal Russia. 14 June 2017


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