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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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Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2017 8:04 AM EST
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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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Updated: Thursday, 5 January 2017 2:19 PM EST
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Thursday, 24 November 2016
Special Offer from ROYAL RUSSIA
Topic: Books

 

 

24 November, 2016

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Updated: Friday, 25 November 2016 1:27 PM EST
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo, Volume II, 1910-1914
Topic: Books

 
Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo, Volume II, 1910-1914
by General Alexandre Spiridovich.
AVAILABLE SPRING 2017
 
I am pleased to announce that the translation of the second volume of Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoye Selo by General Alexandre Spiridovitch is now complete.

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.
 
Like a richly painted canvas, Spiridovitch's memoirs offer one of the most honest eye-witness accounts of the character and personality of Nicholas II and life at the Russian Imperial Court in its twilight years. It is important to note that many of his first-hand observations are not found in other memoirs.

In 2010, I published the first English translation of the first volume (409 pg., 59 photos) of General Spiridovitch's memoirs, which cover the years 1906-1910. The second volume (484 pg., 75 photos), which cover the years 1910-1914, will be published by Royal Russia in the spring of 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce Parker for tracking down a French edition of this volume, 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, in order that they may be accessible to an English readership.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 November, 2016
 

 

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Updated: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 11:39 AM EST
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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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Thursday, 15 September 2016
Of Bygone Days by Rear Admiral Semyon S. Fabritsky
Topic: Books


Gilbert’s Books - the publishing division of Royal Russia - is pleased to present the first English translation of the memoirs of Rear Admiral Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky, Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor Nicholas II

The time I spent with Their Majesties - over the course of many years and under varied circumstances - will always be the source of my most precious memories, and I am very happy to be able to share those memories now with a wide public. I hope at least to give an absolutely truthful account of what I saw and heard  - Semyon S. Fabritsky

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.

This first English translation with introduction and notes by William Lee includes 192 pages, illustrated. Price: $20.00 Canadian dollars + postage. Available from the Royal Russia Bookshop.
 
Click on the order button below to order your copy or to review our current catalogue:
 

 

© Gilbert's Books. 15 September, 2016


 


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Updated: Friday, 16 September 2016 8:03 AM EDT
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
The Forgotten Tutor: John Epps and the Romanovs
Topic: Books

 

 

'The Forgotten Tutor: John Epps and the Romanovs' co-authored by Janet Epps and Dr. Gabriella Lang, is the first book written about Mr. John Epps, the first and virtually unknown English tutor to the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, between the years 1905-1908. He was replaced by Charles Sydney Gibbes, but his August pupils continued to stay in touch with Mr. Epps up until 1914. 

In December 1914 the eldest daughter of the last Tsar sent her former tutor a photographic portrait of herself. The soulful picture, signed ‘Olga 1914’, was the last communication the devoted tutor received from any of his former pupils. In July 1918 the family of Nicholas II were brutally murdered by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.

After his return to England in 1914, John Epps took particular pains to preserve his Imperial mementoes. Over nine years — between 1905 and 1914 — he collected every letter, card and drawing he received from the ill-fated children. About 30 of his papers were discovered more than a decade ago at Maggs Bros. Ltd., an antiquarian book dealer in London, England. They had lain untouched at the bottom of a tin document drawer for nearly 70 years.

The lives of the four daughters of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna have been carefully preserved through the post-Revolution memoirs of Pierre Gilliard, Sydney Gibbs, Margaretta Eagar and Anna Vyrubova. These names recorded for posterity tell the story of their lives and their influence on the Imperial children. Of John Epps, however, there was no mention. He had been totally lost to history. Until now. 

Janet Epps - an Australian descendant of the tutor - and Dr. Gabriella Lang tell the story of John Epps, who arrived in Russia in 1880 to take up a post in an English school. From 1900, he was employed as a teacher at the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo.

It was not until 1905, however, that he was offered the position of tutor to the four daughters of Russia's last tsar. On Monday April 25th, 1905, John Epps arrived at the Alexander Palace where he was met by Princess Sonia Orbeliani - the Tsarina’s lady-in-waiting who took him to schoolroom, where he encountered “a tall, slender woman.” He describes this meeting: “Have I the honour of speaking to the Tsarina?” he asked hesitantly. “Yes, you do,” she replied. His new August employer smiled and did her best to make him at ease.

Many of John Epps’ observations of the grand duchesses are now preserved in the pages of this charming book. To John Epps, they had not been historical figures but real people with whom he had a relationship and these historical documents were tangible proof of that.

The highlight of the book are the reproductions of the letters, cards and drawings created by the grand duchesses for their beloved tutor, and published for the first time in The Forgotten Tutor. These childish drawings and sketches - so lovingly prepared and just as lovingly collected and carefully preserved - coupled with Epps' impressions of life in the Alexander Palace, tell of a different age, a magical world that ended so brutally. The stage is now set for John Epps' story to be told, for acknowledgement of his contribution to the rich tapestry of the Romanov saga and - most importantly - to finally bring these poignant personal mementoes of the last tsar and his family into the public arena.

Co-authored by Janet Epps and Dr. Gabriella Lang includes 146 pages, with 66 black and white photographs and illustrations, with Foreword by Hugh Bett of Maggs Bros. Ltd., London. Price: $20.00 Canadian dollars + postage. Available from the Royal Russia Bookshop. Click on the order button below to review our book catalogue.  
 
'The Forgotten Tutor: John Epps and the Romanovs' is the 25th title published by Gilbert's Books - the publishing division of Royal Russia - since 1994.
 

For more information on the discovery of John Epps papers, please refer to the following news articles published in the Australian press in 2004:
 

Romanov Children's Ephemera Found in Trunk in London (ABC - The World Today, 14 October, 2004)

A Rare Glimpse into History (The Sunday Age, 14 October, 2004)

 

 

© Gilbert's Books. 20 August, 2016


 


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Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2016 1:48 PM EDT
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Saturday, 25 June 2016
Important Changes to the Royal Russia Bookshop
Topic: Books

 © Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 June, 2016

 

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Updated: Saturday, 25 June 2016 1:13 PM EDT
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Friday, 24 June 2016
Great Summer Reading - Forthcoming Titles from Royal Russia
Topic: Books


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).

Please note that the titles listed here have NOT yet been published. An announcement will be made as soon as they are available from the Royal Russia Bookshop.

Royal Russia No. 10 - Summer 2016
Available September 2016 

Our 10th issue will feature 8 full-length articles, news and richly illustrated with vintage photographs.

The cover story Elizabeth & Sergei: A History of Love. A History of Lies by Russian historian Valery Mikhailova explores the relationship between Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. 

The author's research is based on new documents from the Russian archives, including diaries and letters, which put to rest many of the misconceptions and untruths which have endured over the years about the grand ducal couple.
 

 
 Of Bygone Days
by Rear Admiral Semyon S. Fabritsky
NOW IN STOCK!

Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky (1874-1941) had a fascinating career during the twilight years of Imperial Russia. 

He served as Flugel-Adjutant to Emperor Nicholas II, a position he served with immense pride and devotion to his sovereign. 

He also served aboard the Imperial yachts 'Polar Star' and 'Alexandria'. His eye witness observations provide the reader with a peek into these "floating palaces".

In these memoirs, Fabritsky offers his own candid personal observations of Nicholas II, noting the treachery, cowardice, and deceit which surrounded him during his 22-year reign.

192 pages, illustrated. First English translation by William Lee.
 

 
Romanov Legacy 2017 Calendar
NOW IN STOCK!

This is the 4th and final calendar in the series dedicated to the palaces and residences of the Russian Imperial family. 

Our 2017 calendar offers another dozen Imperial residences, including Oreanda (Crimea), Ilyinskoye (near Moscow) and the Palace of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (St. Petersburg).

NOTE: These titles are not yet available. Please check this blog or the Royal Russia Bookshop for updates on availability.
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 June, 2016
 

 

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Last Copies of 'ALEXEI' and 'ALEXANDER III' by Margarita Nelipa
Topic: Books


Gilbert’s Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia) is selling off the remaining copies of Margarita Nelipa's two books: 

ALEXEI. RUSSIA’S LAST IMPERIAL HEIR. A CHRONICLE OF TRAGEDY (2015) - click on the title for more information about this book

- the first comprehensive biography in English about Emperor Nicholas II’s only son, and Russia’s last imperial heir who was born during wartime and died during Russia’s revolutionary upheaval, offers a year-by-year portrait study of Russia’s last imperial heir.

462 pages with 94 black and white illustrations 
PRICE: $30.00 CAD + shipping
 
* 

ALEXANDER III. HIS LIFE AND REIGN (2014) - click on the title for more information about this book

- the first comprehensive biography in English about this little known and unjustly neglected sovereign who ruled Russia for only 13 years, from 1881-1894.

594 pages + 230 black and white photographs
PRICE: $40.00 CAD + shipping
 
* 

Please note that neither of these two titles will be going into reprint, so this is your last chance to add these fascinating and well-researched books to your personal collections. 

* Ask about reduced shipping rates when you order BOTH titles! E-mail royalrussiabooks@gmail.com

Payment can be made securely online with a credit card or PayPal. 

Telephone orders can be made with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) at (905) 623-9168.
Our bookshop is open from *10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday / *12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays. *Eastern Time.

NOTE: Shipping rates are for Canada and the United States ONLY! 

OVERSEAS ORDERS, please contact me for the shipping rate to your country.

Click on the link below for more information, or to place an order:

 


© Gilberts Books / Royal Russia. 7 June, 2016
 

 

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