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Sunday, 13 August 2017
Royal Russia No. 12 Summer 2017 Issue - COMING SOON!
Topic: Books

 
136 pages with 8 Full-length articles. Over 100 Black and White Photos & Illustrations.

ISBN 978-1-927604-26-7
 
Note: advance orders for this issue will not be accepted, sorry

The Summer 2017 issue of Royal Russia No. 12 is nearly complete and ready to go to the printers. 

The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors in our forthcoming issue (available late August / early September):
 
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
 
- this multi-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),  Amazon.com (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France). 
 
© Royal Russia. 13 August, 2017
 

 

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Saturday, 29 July 2017
SOVEREIGN SPECIAL OFFER
Topic: Books
 
 

 

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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.

PAUL GILBERT
Founder of Royal Russia
 


Presentation address by Professor Matthew Treherne

Vice-Chancellor,

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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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Russian Royal Classics
Topic: Books

© Royal Russia. 14 June 2017


 


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Friday, 9 June 2017
Great Summer Reading - Forthcoming Titles from Royal Russia
Topic: Books

 
Important! Please note that the titles listed in this announcement have NOT yet been published. No advance orders or holds are being accepted at this time. An announcement will be made as each title is made available in the Royal Russia Bookshop - PG

I am pleased to announce the following new titles, to be published over the summer months by Gilbert's Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia).

SOVEREIGN No. 4 (Available July 2017) 

The 4th issue of our bi-annual periodical dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II will feature 8 full-length articles, news and illustrated with more than 90 black & white photographs.

This issue features four full-length articles by Russian historians and experts, translated and published in English for the first time, including:

The Aide-de-Camp Generals’ Revolution: A Joint Conspiracy Against Nicholas II
by Pyotr Multatulli

Pyotr Multatuli has a PhD in Historical Sciences, and his written a number of monographs and articles on the life and reign of the Emperor Nicholas II and his epoch. He is the great-grandson of the imperial cook Ivan Kharitonov, who was shot along with the Imperial family in the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg on 17 July, 1918.

The “Royal Newsreel” and the Cinematic Image of Nicholas II: An Ideological Transformation
by Svetlana Limanova

Royal Passion Bearers: Why Were Nicholas II and His Family Canonized?
by Valeria (Possahko) Mikhailova

The Real Rasputin? A Look at His Admirers’ Revisionist History
by D. P. Anashkin

HOLY ROYAL MARTYRS 2018 CALENDAR (Available August 2017)

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and his family. Royal Russia will honour the memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs with the publication of a very special calendar.
 
Our 2018 calendar will celebrate the private lives of the Imperial family during happier times. Vintage photographs and accompanying text will depict the Imperial family at rest and play: sailing on the Imperial yacht in the Finnish fjords, picnics and other outdoor activities, at home in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, the Lower Dacha at Peterhof, and Livadia in Crimea.

Unlike previous years, our 2018 calendar will be a limited printing of only a few hundred copies, thus making it a unique collectors item. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of each calendar will be donated to a Russian charity in their name and honour.

Our Holy Royal Martyrs 2018 Calendar will be available from the Royal Russia Bookshop in August. Please help keep their memory alive by purchasing one of our calendars for yourself, or multiple copies as gifts for friends and family. 

ROYAL RUSSIA No. 12 (Available September 2017) 

The 12th issue of our official magazine dedicated to the Romanov dynasty and their legacy is still in being developed.

The cover story The Unknown Ivan the Terrible by Vladimir Vasylyk is the first English translation of a new and comprehensive study of one of Russia’s most famous and controversial monarchs.

The article aims to offer an objective portrayal of Tsar Ivan IV, his philosophy and motivations, discussing them within the context of his historical period and its values. The author describes the tribulations of Ivan's childhood and his first actions as the young tsar, showing the legitimate reasons for his mistrust in his councillors. He then proceeds to explain how the contemporary society's religious values profoundly affected Ivan's philosophy, sometimes marring his judgement to the point where he couldn't foresee the devastating consequences of what initially appeared to be small and even merciful actions. The article proceeds to show Ivan in search of a royal role model, finally finding it - fully in keeping with the religious values of the time - in the Biblical depiction of Moses whose actions and decisions Ivan copied more than once, sometimes to the country's peril. Finally, the author ponders whether Ivan's actions might have been the underlying cause of the later Time of Troubles through his splitting the country into the two opposing camps of zemchshina and oprichnina. Denouncing any historical speculation, the author supports his point with numerous quotations from contemporary sources and succeeds in creating a complex and quite objective portrait of Ivan IV. 

The Royal Russia Bookshop offers books, periodicals and postcards on the Russian Imperial family, their history, and legacy. Click on the link below to review our current online catalogue of more than 30 titles: 

ROYAL RUSSIA BOOKSHOP ONLINE CATALOGUE

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 9 June, 2017
 

 

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Saturday, 6 May 2017
Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo - the Memoirs of General Alexandre Spiridovitch
Topic: Books

 
Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo, by General Alexandre Spiridovich
Volume I, 1906-1910 / Volume II, 1910-1914

 
CLICK HERE TO ORDER
 
 
I am pleased to announce that copies of Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo, Volume II by General Alexandre Spiridovitch are now available from the Royal Russia Bookshop. I also have a very limited number of copies of Volume I, published in 2010.

THE AUTHOR
 
General Alexandre Spiridovitch (1873-1952) served as personal security chief for the Emperor Nicholas II and his family from 1906-1916. He was also responsible for the security of the Imperial residences. Spiridovitch was a pillar of honesty and trust, articulate, and intelligent, loyal to his God, the Tsar and Mother Russia. He was truly a gentleman beyond reproach.
 
DESCRIPTION

Like a richly painted canvas, Spiridovitch’s memoirs offer the reader a glimpse into the private world of the last tsar of Russia and his family. His personal eye witness accounts reveal details about their day-to-day lives, the Imperial residences, as well as interesting assessments of the men and women at the Russian Court, including the grand dukes and grand duchesses, as well as ministers and other officials.
 
Spiridovitch and his men were highly recognized for their counter-terrorist work. His memoirs reveal their tireless efforts to protect the Emperor from revolutionaries working within Russia. 

FEATURES

Volume I (409 pg., 59 photos), cover the years 1906-1910. Soft cover edition published by Royal Russia in 2010.
 
Volume II (442 pg., 65 photos), cover the years 1910-1914. Soft cover edition published by Royal Russia in the spring of 2017.
 
Each volume is $30.00 CAD + postage. We ship worldwide using Canada Post.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce Parker for tracking down a French edition of Volume II, to Mark Strologo for permission to translate and publish his great grandfather's memoirs, and to Katherine Alexandra Hines for her dedication at taking on the monumental task of translating both volumes of 'Sasha's' memoirs from French, in order that they may be accessible to an English readership.
 
IMPORTANT!
 
Please note that due to the conditions established in the translation and publishing agreement between Royal Russia and the copyright owner, this title is exclusive to the Royal Russia Bookshop. I regret that this title will not be available for purcahse from Amazon.com, or through other booksellers.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 6 May, 2017
 

 

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Friday, 14 April 2017
Special Offer from ROYAL RUSSIA
Topic: Books

 

14 April, 2017



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Sunday, 19 February 2017
Royal Russia No. 11 Winter 2017 Issue NOW IN STOCK!
Topic: Books

 
ROYAL RUSSIA No. 11 WINTER 2017
 
131 pages with 7 Full-length articles. 122 Black and White Photos & Illustrations.
ISBN 978-1-927604-22-9
 
NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE ROYAL RUSSIA BOOKSHOP
 
I am pleased to announce that the Winter 2017 issue of Royal Russia No. 11 is now available from the Royal Russia Bookshop. 
 
The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors in the No. 11 Winter 2017 issue (Note: click on the button located at the bottom of this page to review a summary of the articles listed below):

Interview with the Head of the Russian Imperial House HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna 

- Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna speaks candidly with Paul Gilbert, Editor of the journal and website Royal Russia, on a wide range of topics on the past, present and future of the Russian Imperial House.

These include memories of her parents, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich and Grand Duchess Leonida; the alleged treason by her grandfather Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich in the wake of the 1917 Revolution; the rehabilitation of Emperor Nicholas II in 2008; her relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church in post-Soviet Russia; the new investigation of the Ekaterinburg remains; the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation, the situation in Ukraine - and numerous other topics 

My Russia. The Rebirth of the Lower Dacha at Peterhof
by Paul Gilbert

'My Wonderful House on the Seashore'. A History of the Lower Dacha at Peterhof
by Valentina Tenikhina

‘Europe Can Wait While the Tsar Goes Fishing’. Alexander III and the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
by Coryne Hall

One Day at the Court of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich
by Irene W. Galaktionova 

The Tsarina’s and Olga’s Islands at Peterhof
by Tatiana Burkhova

Tsarist and Imperial Hunting in Russia
by Valery V. Pankratov
 
Royal Russia News
Compiled, Translated and Edited by Paul Gilbert
 
- this multi-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. 

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 Annual 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),  Amazon.com (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France). 
 

 

© Gilbert's Books. 19 February, 2017


 


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Monday, 2 January 2017
SOVEREIGN. Buy All 3 Issues and Save on Shipping!
Topic: Books

 
Sovereign is a unique periodical dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II. Now published twice a year, each issue offers new, previously unpublished articles, including first-English translations of works by Russian historians and experts.

Canada Post charge $12.00 Canadian dollars to mail a single issue of Sovereign to the United States. You can save $11.00 Canadian dollars when you order all three issues! 

Three issues of Sovereign have been published to date: No. 1 (published December 2015); No. 2 (published May 2016); and No. 3 (due at the end of December 2016). Combined, these three issues offer a total of 435 pages, featuring 22 full-length articles, news and more than 300 black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

NOTE: this offer is valid for customers in the United States only. For all other countries (including Canada), please contact our office for rates to your respective city/province/country.

Visit the Royal Russia Bookshop to reviews the contents of each issue, and to order your set of 3 issues of Sovereign:

ROYAL RUSSIA BOOKSHOP 

© Royal Russia. 2 January, 2017
 

 

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Friday, 7 October 2016
ROYAL RUSSIA No. 10 - NOW IN STOCK!
Topic: Books

 
ROYAL RUSSIA No. 10 - SUMMER 2016
 
NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE ROYAL RUSSIA BOOKSHOP
 
I am pleased to announce that the Summer issue of Royal Russia No. 10 is now in stock, and available for purchase from the Royal Russia Bookshop.
 
The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors in the No. 10 Summer 2016 issue (please refer to the link below for a full summary of articles):
 
Return to Ekaterinburg
- Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert presents a summary of his recent journey to the Urals, which included visits to the Church on the Blood, the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent, Ganina Yama, Porosyonkov Log, Alapaevsk and more, plus many of the author's photographs.
by Paul Gilbert
 
Elizabeth and Sergei. A Story of Love. A History of Lies.
by Valery Mikhailova
Translated by Irene W. Galaktionova 
 
Always Russian and a Romanov. Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna, Queen of the Netherlands
by Coryne Hall 
 
The Truth and Myths of Peter III
by Irene W. Galaktionova 
 
A Throne which 'not for an instant might become vacant': Law and Succession among the Romanov Descendants 
by Russell. E. Martin
 
Imperial Residences. His Majesty's Own Dacha
by Paul Gilbert
 
My Memories of Imperial Russia 
by Crown Princess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
 
The Fate of the Ekaterinburg Remains
by Paul Gilbert
 
Royal Russia News
Compiled, Translated and Edited by Paul Gilbert
 
- this multi-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. 
 
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 Annual 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. Royal Russia Annual can be purchased at the Royal Russia Bookshop (Canada),  Amazon.com (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France). 
 
© Click on the order button below to order your copy or to review our current catalogue:
 

 

© Gilbert's Books. 7 October, 2016


 


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