This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: ‘A Guarded Secret: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra and Tsarevich Alexei’s Hemophilia’ by Julia P. Gelardi

Published in January 2019. Available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon

In the summer of 1904 as Russia was convulsed in the Russo-Japanese War, an event of great joy occurred when a baby boy was born to Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. After the arrival four daughters, the longed-for male heir to the Romanov dynasty, Tsarevich Alexei, had completed the family of Nicholas and Alexandra. The happiness of the imperial couple was soon dashed, however, by the tragic news that their only son and heir was afflicted with the painful and often fatal, bleeding disease, hemophilia. The ill-health of the heir to the throne was a well-guarded secret that cast a deep shadow over the final years of imperial Russia. Here is the dramatic story of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra during those years as they struggled to deal with their son’s infirmity which brought the controversial Rasputin into the imperial court. Follow their story from the joyful day of Tsarevich Alexei’s birth in 1904 to its moving and dramatic denouement.

Julia P. Gelardi is an independent historian, and author of European royal history: ‘Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria’ (2005); ‘In Triumph’s Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory’ (2008); and ‘From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women’ 1847–1928 (2011)

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This Week in the News includes a link and brief summary to full-length articles published in the past week from English language media and internet sources.

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Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following 8 new posts, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 17 February 2019:

THIS WEEKS’ ARTICLES – click on the red headline text below to read the respective articles:


UPDATE: ‘Nicholas II. Portraits & Monuments’ by Paul Gilbert

I am pleased to announce that my new book ‘Nicholas II. Portraits & Monuments‘, will now be published in two separate volumes during the next few months.

Religion and the Church Under Nicholas II + PHOTOS

Emperor Nicholas II, as a Christian Sovereign, was the Supreme Defender and Guardian of the dogmas of the predominant Faith and is the Keeper of the purity of the Faith and all good order within the Holy Church.

Nicholas II and the Traditions of the Romanov Dynasty

by Russell Martin, PhD, Professor of History, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

In his lecture, Dr. Martin refers to an article “Five Myths About the Romanovs,” by Robert Service, published in the October 26th edition of ‘The Washington Post’.

Sovietologist Robert Service is the author of ‘The Last of the Tsars. Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution’, published in 2017 by Pan Macmillian UK.

His publisher refers to his book on Nicholas II as a “masterful study”, yet in reality it is nothing short of a diatribe, in which the author refers to Russia’s last tsar as “a fascist before the word was coined”.

Central African Republic and Maldives Issued Stamps in Honor of 100th Anniversary of the Royal Martyrs + PHOTOS

The Imperial family were honored in Africa and Asia in 2018. Both the Central African Republic in Africa and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean issued commemorative stamps in honor of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.   

Eternal Present – The Martyrdom of the Romanov Royal Martyrs + VIDEOS

In December 2018, using excerpts from the Russian film Искупительная жертва (Redemptive sacrifice), the Monastery of Mesa Potamos has published a two-part video with a recreation of the martyrdom of the royal Martyrs and the tragic procedure of the disposal of their bodies.

Trans-Siberian train features Orthodox chapel on board

A journey across Siberia on an old steam train has been on my bucket list for many years, this short article just sweetened the pot.

Repin’s ‘Ceremonial Meeting Of The State Council 1901’ to be displayed in Moscow, from 16 March to 18 August 2019 + VIDEO

The staff of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, have began packing up 78 paintings by Ilya Repin (1844-1930) to participate in an upcoming Ilya Repin exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

The most prominent of the paintings in the exhibition is one of the most significant and largest paintings from the collection of the State Russian Museum: the large-format canvas “Ceremonial Meeting Of The State Council 7 May 1901 …,” 

New Conspiracy Theory Claims Medvedev Descendant of Nicholas II

Want a good laugh? Check out this latest conspiracy theory from Russia – that PM Medvedev is a descendant of Nicholas II

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PHOTO: The majestic Ceremonial Entrance Hall in the State Historical Museum in Moscow, is decorated with “The Genealogical Tree of Russian Tsars” painted on the vaults.

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