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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:
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Included in this issue will be the following 8 full-length articles:
A Life of Servitude: Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- by HRH Viktoria Luise, Princess of Prussia
The Departure of an Empress
- by Countess Yekaterina Petrovna Kleinmichel
Royal Russia Annual No. 5 will also include 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
Royal Russia Annual No. 5 (Winter 2014) will be available in February 2014. Watch for our advertisements in upcoming issues of Majesty and Russian Life magazines.
Please NOTE that we are NOT accepting any pre-orders for this title at this time.
© Gilbert's Books. 01 January, 2014
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).
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 December, 2013
Please NOTE that we are NOT accepting any pre-orders for either of these titles at this time.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 December, 2013
They were the Princess Dianas of their day – perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. And with good reason, for the four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses – Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov – were much talked about and admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.
From an early age they were at the centre of unceasing gossip about the dynastic marriages they might make. But who were they really beyond the saccharine image perpetuated by those now familiar photographs of them as pretty girls in white dresses and big hats? What were their personal hopes, dreams and aspirations and how did they interact with each other and with their parents? What was life really like within the highly insular Imperial Family and how did they really feel about their mother’s obsessive and all consuming love for their spoilt brother Alexey?
Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. They are too often seen merely as set dressing, the beautiful but innocuous background to the bigger, more dramatic story of their parents – Russia’s last Tsar and Tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra. They are perceived as lovely, desirable and living charmed lives. But the truth is somewhat different.
For most of their short lives the four Romanov sisters were beautiful birds in a gilded cage, shut away at their palaces at Tsarskoe Selo or Livadia as a reaction to the fear of terrorist attacks on the Imperial Family. In reality the girls had few friends and ever fewer playmates and were largely cut off from the real world outside and the normal life experiences of other girls – that is, until everything changed in 1914. Suddenly, with Russia’s entry into the war, the girls had to grow up fast.
In a deliberate echo of the title of Chekhov’s play, Four Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia. It will aim to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing on previously unseen archival sources, as well as photographic and other material in private collections and opinion drawn from the author’s considerable personal network of royalty experts.
To be released in the UK on March 27, 2014 under the title, Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses, while it’s US release on June 3, 2014 will be published under an alternate title, The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra. Illustrations will include some new or very rare images and one or two surprises!
A two-part documentary is currently in the works, with filming to take place at the Alexander Palace, Livadia, the Governor's House at Tobolsk, and the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg. Its release is scheduled to coincide simulataneously with the publication of the book.
© Helen Rappaport. 26 October, 2013
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Six eyewitness accounts of the crowning of Russia's last tsar with more than 200 rare vintage photographs and illustrations.
The pomp and pageantry surrounding the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II is told through the eye-witness accounts of six people who attended this historic event at Moscow, held over a three week period from May 6 to 26, 1896.
The authors came from all walks of life and different nations: Francis W. Grenfell and Mandell Creighton, Bishop of Peterborough (Great Britain); John A. Logan, Jr., Kate Koon Bovey and Richard Harding Davis (United States); and Boris Alexandrovich Engelgardt (Russia).
Historians have left us only brief descriptions of this historic event, but it is thanks to the authors of this unique book that we are grateful. They recorded their observations in diaries and letters, leaving to posterity a first-hand record that allows modern-day readers to relive the crowning of Russia’s last tsar and the splendour and opulence of a world that is gone forever.
These exceptional memoirs offer a wealth of information that include the preparations and events leading up to and during the coronation festivities, the tsar’s entry into Moscow, the procession to the cathedral, the crowning of the tsar and the celebrations that followed. No two memoirs are alike; each of the authors guides the reader through this historic event through his or her own eyes.
A collection of over 200 rare photographs and illustrations from the private archives of Royal Russia complement this book offering the largest collection of this historic event ever assembled in one volume.
© Gilbert's Books. 10 October, 2013
I am pleased to announce that the NEW issue of our official magazine, ROYAL RUSSIA No. 4 is now AVAILABLE! --PG.
Included in our Summer 2013 issue are the following full-length articles:
The Coronation of Emperor Alexander III
- An eye-witness account of the ceremonies marking the coronation of Emperor Alexander III at Moscow on 27th May [O.S. 15th], 1883. Richly illustrated with reproductions from the coronation album.
My Russia: The Children's Island at Tsarskoye Selo
- Located in the Alexander Park, the Children's Island and Pavilion is often overlooked by visitors to Tsarskoye Selo. This article explores the history and future of this unique folly built for the children of Emperor Nicholas I. Includes photographs by the author, Paul Gilbert.
The Museum of Imperial Court Carriages
- A history of the Museum of Imperial Court Carriages in St. Petersburg, and what happened to the collection after the museum was closed by the Bolsheviks in 1920. Includes photographs by the author, Paul Gilbert.
plus, these articles by Russian and foreign historians:
Plus 2 collections of rare and vintage photographs:
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© Gilbert's Books. 05 September, 2013
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