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Friday, 29 August 2014
Royal Russia Annual No. 6 - Summer 2014 - NOW IN STOCK
Topic: Books

 

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The No. 6 - Summer 2014 issue of our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual is now in stock and available for purchase from our online bookshop.

This issue features 121 pages, with 108 black and white photographs, and the following 8 full-length articles:

Elizabeth Petrovna: The Heart of an Empress
- Empress Elizabeth's personality and some of the theories concerning her secret marriage to Rozumovsky as well as the later legends of the two supposed daughters of that marriage: Princesses Elizabeth and Augusta are examined 
by Irena W. Galaktionova

The Russian Imperial and Royal Order of St Stanislas
- the first comprehensive English language study on the history of the Order of Saint Stanislas
by Nicholas B.A. Nicholson

My Russia: The Imperial Yacht Museum at Peterhof
- a brief look at the collection of the little-known Imperial Yacht Museum at Peterhof  
by Paul Gilbert 
 
My Visit to the Holy Trinity Monastery at Jordanville, New York
- Review of the new Foundation of the Russian History Museum, the Russian Nobility Association Reading Room and my investiture into the Imperial and Royal Order of St. Stanislas
by Paul Gilbert 

The Kitchen Building of the Alexander Palace
- Historian Igor Zimin explores the history of the Kitchen Building of the Alexander Palace, and dispels many of the Imperial Kitchen myths
Translated by Irena W. Galaktionova

‘An Energetic and Chivalrous Protector’
- Danish Efforts to Help the Imprisoned Romanovs after the fall of the monarchy in Russia
by Coryne Hall

‘How Lovely a Country This Is’ 
- the 1924 Visit of the Grand Duchess Victoria Melita, Empress-In-Exile to the United States
by Nicholas B.A. Nicholson

Crowns and Coronations
- an introduction to the coronations and Imperial regalia of the Russian Empire

Plus 2 collections of rare and vintage photographs:

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

Watch for our advertisements in upcoming issues of Majesty and Russian Life magazines. Royal Russia Annual can be purchased at the NEW Royal Russia Bookshop (Canada),  Amazon.com (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France). 
 
© Gilbert's Books / Royal Russia. 29 August, 2014
 

 

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich: Supreme Commander of the Russian Army
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Historian Paul Robinson presents a new biography on the Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich. The most valuable materials introduced in this book are from the personal and official correspondence of the Grand Duke with his family, Tsar Nicholas II, his commanders, and others. Robinson has also mined the published and unpublished memoir literature of persons close to the royal court (such as ladies in waiting, other members of the imperial family, ministers of various governments) and paints a lively and often touching portrait of the Grand Duke as he moves through several stages of his life. 
 
Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov (1856–1929) was a key figure in late Imperial Russia, and one of its foremost soldiers. At the outbreak of World War I, his cousin, Tsar Nicholas II, appointed him Supreme Commander of the Russian Army. From 1914 to 1915, and then again briefly in 1917, he was commander of the largest army in the world in the greatest war the world had ever seen. His appointment reflected the fact that he was perhaps the man the last Emperor of Russia trusted the most. At six foot six, the Grand Duke towered over those around him. His fierce temper was a matter of legend. However, as Robinson’s vivid account shows, he had a more complex personality than either his supporters or detractors believed.

In a career spanning 50 years, the Grand Duke played a vital role in transforming Russia’s political system. In 1905, the Tsar assigned him the duty of coordinating defense and security planning for the entire Russian empire. When the Tsar asked him to assume the mantle of military dictator, the Grand Duke, instead of accepting, persuaded the Tsar to sign a manifesto promising political reforms. Less opportunely, he also had a role in introducing the Tsar and Tsarina to the infamous Rasputin. A few years after the revolution in 1917, the Grand Duke became de facto leader of the Russian émigré community.

Despite his importance, the only other biography of the Grand Duke was written by one of his former generals in 1930, a year after his death, and it is only available in Russian. The result of research in the archives of seven countries, this groundbreaking biography—the first to appear in English—covers the Grand Duke’s entire life, examining both his private life and his professional career. Paul Robinson’s engaging account will be of great value to those interested in World War I and military history, Russian history, and biographies of notable figures.

About the Author
 
Paul Robinson is professor of history public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is author of several books, including The White Russian Army in Exile, 1920–1941, and, most recently, co-author of Aiding Afghanistan: A History of Soviet Assistance to a Developing Country. 
 
© NIUP. 13 August, 2014
 

 

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Royal Russia Annual Welcomes Margarita Nelipa as Resident Writer
Topic: Books


'Servant to Three Emperors: Count Vladimir Frederiks' by Margarita Nelipa will be published in the Royal Russia Annual No. 7 in January 2015
 
Royal Russia is pleased to announce that Russian historian and author, Margarita Nelipa has agreed to share her professional insights on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia as resident writer for our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual*. Her academic, exemplary research and writing skills will be welcomed by readers of Royal Russia Annual

Her debut article, Servant to Three Emperors: Count Vladimir Frederiks will be published in the Royal Russia Annual No. 7 issue in January 2015. Count Frederiks** was a statesman who served as the Minister of the Imperial Court between 1897 and 1917 under Nikolai II. He is seen in countless photographs walking with the last emperor, whom he served faithfully. He was praised in this role by the French ambassador, Maurice Paléologue, who called him 'the very personification of court life'. Other than minor mentions in a few memoirs, little is known of this man and his loyal service to the last monarch and to Russia. For the first time, Margarita Nelipa offers readers the first comprehensive study of this honourable gentleman of the Imperial Court.

Margarita is of Russian heritage, her parents who arrived in Australia in 1948 as war refugees, provided her with a passion for Russian culture. Her foremost concern is to explore the latter decades of the Russian Imperial era. Formerly a medical scientist with a post-graduate qualification in Legal Studies, she has, over a decade concentrated on researching medical, legal and historical issues related to the Russian Imperial era. Fluent in the Russian language, she has translated numerous Russian scientific papers into English and written for periodicals as well as reviewed work related to the Imperial Russian Court. She co-maintains a web page: Faces of Russia: Past and Present and is a member of the American based S.E.A.R.C.H. Foundation (whose President and Founder assisted in finding the remains of the Imperial Family in Ekaterinburg).

Margarita relies on Russian primary sources for her research. These include diaries, letters, courtroom documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day all translated by the author and which have never been previously brought together. Her work is enhanced by extensive annotations, appendices and bibliographies.

“I enjoy the research work immensely and more so when I strike gold and am able to challenge long held myths with documented facts,” she said. “There is much to be done now that Russia is opening up their archives and is publishing more diaries etc. including serious academic tomes that apply to the imperial era. I am fortunate to have considerable resources and probably the only person in the West who writes about Russian imperial history as if I am a Russian eyewitness and can furthermore employ relevant self-translated Russian material.”

Margarita Nelipa is the author of two books: The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin A Conspiracy That Brought Down the Russian Empire (2010), Alexander III: His Life and Reign (2014). She is currently working on her third book, Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy. This will be the first comprehensive biography in English on the only son of Nikolai II, and Heir to the Russian throne. This book is due to be published in early 2015. 
 
 
* Our official magazine was intended to be published only once a year as an annual, but due to its popularity, Royal Russia Annual will now be published twice a year, while still retaining its original name. An annual Winter edition and an annual Summer edition will now be issued.

** The longer form 'Freedericksz' is the ancestral surname that was Russianized to 'Frederiks' by the first generation born in Russia. Although the surname appears in several forms in the West this author uses the literal translation of the Minister of the Imperial Court’s signature.
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 09 July, 2014
 

 

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Thursday, 3 July 2014
Where can I purchase 'Alexander III: His Life and Reign' by Margarita Nelipa?
Topic: Books


Margarita Nelipa’s new book on Emperor Alexander III is the first comprehensive biography in English about this little known and unjustly neglected sovereign who ruled Russia for only 13 years, from 1881-1894.
 
Since its release in early May 2014, Margarita Nelipa's new book, Alexander III: His Life and Reign has been our most popular title! The first edition is nearly sold out.
 
The following review of this new English language biography on this little known Russian sovereign was published on Amazon.com on June 7, 2014: 
 
This is a substantial book about a substantial leader (in both senses!). Alexander III represented an interim figure of solidity if not repression, reigning between the reforming Alexander II and the ill-fated Nicholas II. His father and his son were murdered, whereas Alexander III died of natural causes.

The book is a comprehensive analysis of Alexander, both in his personal and political life. Fifteen chapters, a conclusion, glossary and eight appendices amount to almost 600 pages and a significant scholarly achievement. It will be of value both to those interested in Russian history and to academic historians. The only disappointment is that it would have been enhanced by the provision of an index.

The writing is clear and presents the information (collected from extensive Russian sources of the day) in an unbiased way, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions rather than having unwarranted opinions foisted on them. For example, the book lays out Alexander’s repressive acts against the Jews and against his political opponents as well as his reforms of domestic policy, such as raising the level of education. That said, Nelipa is not without the ability to draw compassion from the reader; I suspect there will not be many a dry eye after the chapter that describes the death of his elder brother, Niksa.

The book represents a fine example of a political biography, balancing descriptions of his public acts with his private life, and indicating the connection between the two. So the death of his father at the hands of revolutionaries, and before that his father’s unconventional private life, is explained to have contributed to Alexander’s conservative if not repressive attitude to ruling both the country and his own family.

So by the time you get to the end of the book, with a touchingly written description of the death of the Emperor, you will feel that you have grown to know, and maybe respect, if not necessarily like, Alexander III of Russia.
 
For more information on this title, please refer to the following links:

- Alexander III: His Life and Reign - Description

- Alexander III: His Life and Reign - Summary 

Don't miss your chance in adding this meticulously researched and well written biography to your own personal library. This title can be purchased from any of the following quality booksellers:

- Royal Russia Bookshop (Canada) - WE SHIP WORLDWIDE

- Amazon.com (United States)

- Bookseller Van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands)

- Librairie Galignani (Paris, France) 

*Please note that book prices and shipping costs vary. For more information, please contact the bookseller directly

© Royal Russia. 03 July, 2014


 


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Monday, 12 May 2014
Alexander III: His Life and Reign - A NEW Biography by Margarita Nelipa
Topic: Books

 


Alexander III: His Life and Reign by Margarita Nelipa is NOW IN STOCK!

Alexander III: His Life and Reign is the only publication to explore Alexander’s childhood, his life as a Grand Duke and then as the Tsesarevich (Heir) as well as his reign as Emperor of Russia following his father, Alexander II’s assassination in 1881. His reign, as Nelipa points out, was marked by peace on the international scene but Alexander’s domestic policy involved several repressive measures as well as social advances in the fields of education and justice. The book also explores a more personal side of Alexander III, as a devoted and loving husband to his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, and father to their six children. The only other biography in English appeared almost 120 years ago and has the shortcoming of being published before Alexander III’s death. The book is a comprehensive biography of Alexander as both man and monarch.

Throughout this work we come to appreciate Nelipa’s medical science and legal training because she provides remarkable details about the court process that Alexander III had sought against his father’s assassins and likewise she offers details about the legal case that followed the Borki train accident, which in the author’s opinion led to Alexander III’s terminal illness. Using excerpts sourced from medical notes that were left by a number of Alexander III’s physicians we closely follow the sovereign’s  final days of life. The autopsy report that was sourced from a file held in the Russian Archives reveals new light on Alexander III’s cause of death.

Adding to the unique quality of this book, the author relies on Russian primary sources which include diaries, letters, courtroom documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day all translated by the author and which have never been previously brought together. Extensive annotations, some 350 references in all, several appendices and 230 black and white illustrations all add rigor to this work. Her research offers a whole new look at one of Russia's most obscure rulers. 

For more information on this title, or to order your copy, please click on the link below:

Alexander III: His Life and Reign by Margarita Nelipa 

© Royal Russia. 12 May, 2014


 


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Sunday, 4 May 2014
ROYAL RUSSIA PUBLICATIONS
Topic: Books

Established in 1994, Royal Russia is pleased to offer a series of books and magazines designed for Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history. For more information on the titles shown above, including contents, prices, etc., please visit our online bookshop by clicking on the link below;  

 

Royal Russia Bookshop - New Book Catalogue

 

All of our publications are available through the new Royal Russia Bookshop (link provided above), or from the following booksellers: Amazon.com (USA); Librairie Galignani (Paris, France); and Booksellers Van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 04 May, 2014


 


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Saturday, 26 April 2014
Introducing Margarita Nelipa, Romanov Historian and Author
Topic: Books


Margarita Nelipa and Paul Gilbert met in early April during the author's stopover in Toronto. Photo: Margarita Nelipa
 
Earlier this month, I had the honour of welcoming my friend and respected Romanov historian and author, Margarita Nelipa during her brief stopover in Toronto. I have known Margarita for over a decade, however, this was the first time that we had actually met in person. 

We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon which included a delightful lunch at a popular Toronto restaurant, exchanging views and opinions on the Romanovs, and the publication of past, present and future titles researched and written by her. Our afternoon came to an end with a visit to York Cemetery, where we visited the final resting place of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, the youngest sister of Emperor Nikolai II who died at Toronto on November 24, 1960.

In 2010, Gilbert’s Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia) published Margarita’s first book, The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin: A Conspiracy That Brought Down the Russian Empire. In this monumental tome, she dispels many popular held myths and legends held in the West about Rasputin, including the common belief that Rasputin had consumed cakes "sprinkled with cyanide". She also sheds new light on the role of British intelligence in connection with Rasputin’s murder in 1916. Though now out of print, it is considered by many to be the definitive work on the infamous strannik.

This month, Margarita’s second book, Alexander III: His Life and Reign will be published. Her latest book is the first comprehensive biography in English on this little known and unjustly neglected sovereign who ruled Russia for only 13 years, from 1881-1894. This book will go on sale May 5, 2014, it will be available to purchase online at the new Royal Russia Bookshop.   

Margarita is now finishing her third book, Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy. This to will be the first comprehensive biography in English on the only son of Nikolai II, and Heir to the Russian throne. This book is due to be published in early 2015.

Adding to the unique quality of her books, Margarita relies on Russian primary sources which include diaries, letters, courtroom documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day all translated by the author and which have never been previously brought together. These are further complimented with extensive annotations, appendices and bibliographies.

Margarita is of Russian heritage, her parents who arrived in Australia in 1948 as war refugees, provided her with a passion for Russian culture. Her foremost concern is to explore the latter decades of the Russian Imperial era. Formerly a medical scientist with a post-graduate qualification in Legal Studies, she has, over a decade concentrated on researching medical, legal and historical issues related to the Russian Imperial era. Fluent in the Russian language, she has translated numerous Russian scientific papers into English and written for periodicals as well as reviewed work related to the Imperial Russian Court. She co-maintains a web page: Faces of Russia: Past and Present and is a member of the American based S.E.A.R.C.H. Foundation (whose President and Founder assisted in finding the remains of the Imperial Family in Ekaterinburg).

Margarita lives with her husband, daughter and three small dogs in Canberra, Australia.  

 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 April, 2014
 

 

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Royal Russia Bookshop
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Monday, 14 April 2014
Hostages to Political Games: Did Lenin Order the Execution of the Royal Family
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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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© Royal Russia. 14 April, 2014


 


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

Click Here for More Information or to Order Your Copy

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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