Nicholas II Conference Proceedings Now Available

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112 pages with 41 Black and White Photos & Illustrations. ISBN 978-1-927604-34-2

Given that the conference was held in England, it seemed only fitting that the cover photo of this special issue should feature Tsar Nicholas II, who served as Colonel in Chief of The Royal Scots Greys from 1894-1918. 

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I am pleased to offer a SPECIAL issue of SOVEREIGN, which contains the proceedings of the Nicholas II Conference, held  at St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church in Colchester, England on 27th October 2018.

The No. 9 issue of our popular journal dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II, features all 7 papers + 2 additional articles: 

(1) A Century of Treason, Cowardice and Lies by Paul Gilbert

(2) Why Was Nicholas II Canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church by Archpriest Andrew Phillips

(3) Nicholas II and the Sacredness of Monarchy: Truth and Myth Behind the Relations Between Power and Christianity by Igor Krasnov

(4) The Romanovs Under House Arrest, From the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest by Marilyn Pfeiffer Swezey

(5) An Imperial Movement: A Society of Tsar Nicholas II by Archpriest Andrew Phillips

(6) Imperial Tea Party: Family, Politics and Betrayal. The Ill-Fated British and Russian Royal Alliance by Frances Welch

(7) Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia by Paul Gilbert

(8) Why Does a Brit Fight for the Truth About Nicholas II by Alexandra Guzeva

(9) Memorial Service for Tsar Nicholas II. Sermon Given in 1934 by His Eminence John, Bishop of Shanghai

Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II is published bi-annually, offering Spring and Autumn issues respectively.

Current and back issues of Sovereign 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. 24 December 2018

Sovereign No. 8 Autumn 2018 Issue – NOW AVAILABLE!

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146 pages with 4 Full-length articles – ALL first-English translations. 89 Black and White Photos & Illustrations. The cover features a photograph of Emperor Nicholas II on the balcony of the Alexander Palace in 1907. ISBN 978-1-927604-33-5

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The No. 8 Autumn 2018 issue of Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II. is now available for sale from the Royal Russia Bookshop.

This issue features the depositions – a total of 68 pages – of two men who played an integral part in the final days of Nicholas II and his family: Eugene Stepanovich Kobylinsky (1875-1927) and Vasily Semonovich Pankratov (1864-1925).

Kobylinsky was a Russian military officer who served as the commander of the special detachment at Tsarskoe Selo and Tobolsk in 1917-18, where he oversaw the imprisonment of the tsar. He was executed by the Bolsheviks in December 1927.

Pankratov served as Commissioner of the Provisional Government under the Special Purpose Detachment, guarding Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk, from September 1, 1917 to January 26, 1918.

The reader will find both accounts utterly fascinating to read, and also to compare their impressions of Nicholas II and his family during their house arrest in Tobolsk.

The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors: 

Nicholas II is Becoming Our Anti-Stalin
by Yegor Kholmogorov. *1st English Translation

Transcript of the Interrogation E.S. Kobylinsky. Protocol of 6-10 April, 1919. (30 pages)
*1st English Translation

A Question Mark in the Imperial Matter. How Was the Murder of the Imperial Family Orchestrated, and Did Vladimir Lenin Sanction the Execution?
by Yuri Alexandrovich Zhuk. *1st English Translation

With the Tsar in Tobolsk (38 pages)
by V.S. Pankratov. *1st English Translation

Sovereign News
Compiled, Translated and Edited by Paul Gilbert

– news supplement offers readers with the top news stories and photographs from Russian media sources on the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II, translated from Russian and presented in English for the first time.

Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II is published bi-annually, offering Spring and Autumn issues respectively.

Current and back issues of Sovereign can be purchased at the Royal Russia Bookshop (Canada), Amazon.com (United States), Booksellers van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani (Paris, France).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 December, 2018

Royal Russia No. 14 Summer 2018 Issue NOW AVAILABLE

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I am pleased to offer the No. 14 Summer 2018 issue of our official magazine ROYAL RUSSIA. This issue features 5 full-length articles, all FIRST English translations by Russian historians, an article by Romanov historian Coryne Hall + news and 2 photo supplements. 143 pages, richly illustrated with 128 black & white photos.

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The cover article features a comprehensive bio on the life of Prince Dimitri Romanovich (1926-2016) by Russian writer Ivan Matveyev.

Dimitri Romanovich Romanov was born on 17 May 1926 at the villa of his grandfather Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich (1864-1931) in Cap d’Antibes, France. He was the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich (1896-1978) and Princess Praskovia Dmitrievna (nee Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva, 1901-1980). His older brother was Prince Nicholas Romanovich (1922-2014). Through his paternal lineage, he was a great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia (1796–1855) and his consort, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (nee Princess Charlotte of Prussia, 1798-1860) who founded the Nikolaevichi branch of the Russian Imperial Family.

In June 1992 Dimitri was one of seven Romanov princes who met in Paris where they decided to create the Romanov Fund for Russia with the task of carrying out charitable acts in post communist Russia.

Prince Dimitri was a member of the Romanov Family Association since 1979, the year of its creation, and served as a committee member. In July 1998, he joined other members of the Imperial family in St. Petersburg to attend the funeral of the last Russian emperor to reign, Nicholas II, and his family.

In September 2006 after a successful lobbying campaign of the Danish royal family and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, he arranged for the remains of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna to be moved from Denmark, where she died in exile, to Russia so she could be buried alongside her husband Emperor Alexander III. After attending the divine service for Maria Feodorovna at the Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark, Prince Dimitri accompanied her remains on the Danish naval ship that transferred them to Russia. After their arrival, Prince Dimitri with other descendants of the Imperial family attended the reburial service in Russia.

In 2014, Princes Dimitri and Nicholas Romanovich met with Russian officials to arrange for the transfer to Russia of the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, and supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire at the beginning of World War I. The reinterment of the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna took place in April 2015 at Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow with the participation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.

On 6th October 2016, Prince Dimitri travelled to Moscow, where Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presented him with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian state award, for his great contribution to the spread of the knowledge of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage.

On 8th October, the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, following a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, a meeting was held in the Patriarchal chambers of the monastery between Prince Dmitri Romanovich and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Prince Dimitri expressed his concerns over the Russian Orthodox Church and its position on the identification of the Ekaterinburg remains, and the progress of the forensic tests being conducted on the remains Emperor Nicholas II’s children, Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria.

Prince Dimitri Romanovich was a claimant to the headship of the Imperial House of Russia. At his death, the male line of the Nikolaevichi branch of the Romanov family died out.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 November, 2018

On This Day – the Premiere Issue of SOVEREIGN was Launched

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Three years ago today, on 9th November 2015, the premiere issue of SOVEREIGN, a new journal dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia was launched.

There are few world leaders in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last Emperor and Tsar of Russia. Vilified by Western historians and biographers, he remains one of the most documented, maligned and misunderstood monarchs in history.

It was the enduring negative assessment of Nicholas II which compelled me to launch SOVEREIGN in 2015. Published bi-annually, SOVEREIGN is dedicated to clearing the name of Russia’s much slandered tsar.

It is important to note that the articles published in SOVEREIGN are not a rehashing of what has already been written, there are no conspiracy theories, no hagiography, and no attempt to whitewash the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor.

Instead, SOVEREIGN gives voice to a new generation of post-Soviet historians. Each issue features first English translations of articles by Russian historians and experts, who have gained access to new documents from archival sources which have been discovered since the fall of the Soviet Union. At long last, they can interpret their own country’s history, putting to rest all the popular negative assessments rehashed by their Western counterparts, many of which are based on gossip and propaganda.

In the past 3 years, a total of 7 seven issues have been published, with 2 new issues – No. 8 and No. 9 – currently in production. In the past year, SOVEREIGN has now become more popular that our official magazine ROYAL RUSSIA. This is partially due to the fact that 2018 marks the centenary of Nicholas II’s death and martyrdom, publicity and advertising of this unique publication.

SOVEREIGN: THE LIFE AND REIGN OF EMPEROR NICHOLAS II is published twice a year – offering Spring and Autumn issues. All current and back issues are available from the Royal Russia Bookshop (We ship WORLDWIDE); Bookseller van Hoogstraten (Den Haag, Netherlands); Librairie Galignani (Paris, France); and Amazon (USA).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 9 November 2018

Sovereign No. 7 – SPECIAL Tsar’s Days 2018 Issue NOW IN STOCK!

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The No. 7 issue of Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II is now available from the Royal Russia Bookshop. Price $25.00 CAD + postage. We ship worldwide by Canada Post.

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The first copies were recently made available at the International Nicholas II Conference on 27th October, in Colchester, England – selling out almost immediately!

This SPECIAL ISSUE is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last emperor and tsar. It features 143 pages, 7 articles, and richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs.

This issue includes a summary of my trip to Ekaterinburg for the Tsar’s Days events in July 2018, with a 30-page album containing 50 of my own photographs of the Divine Liturgy held on the night of 16/17 July, Ganina Yama, Porosenkov Log, exhibitions, churches, and much more!

Click HERE to for more details on the content of this issue, and to place your order.

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 November 2018

The Future of Our Official Magazine: Royal Russia

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The No. 14 issue is now at the printers . . . I have already begun work on the No. 15 issue . . . after that, only 10 more issues will be published! – Paul Gilbert

On 26 September 2011 . . . the premiere issue of of our official magazine Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia was launched.

The cover story focuses on the years which Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna spent in Canada, from her arrival in 1948 to her death in November 1960.

The No. 1, 2011 issue remains the most popular issue of my bi-annual journal, with a total of 14 issues published to date.

The No. 14 Summer 2018 is now at the printers, it will be available at the end of October. I have also begun work on the No. 15 Winter 2019 issue, which will feature a cover story on Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna – née Princess Charlotte of Württemberg (1817-1873) – the wife of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich (1798-1849).

On 17 December 1823, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and was given the name Elena Pavlovna. On 20 February 1824, the couple married in St. Petersburg and settled in the Mikhailovsky Palace. Their marriage was not a happy one: Mikhail’s only passion was for the army and he neglected Elena. Nevertheless, he and Elena had five daughters.

When Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich died, in 1849, she became a patron of several charitable organizations and the arts. She founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire as well as a group of nursing sisters which would eventually become the forerunners of the Red Cross in Russia.

The No. 15 Winter 2019 issue will be available in January 2019.

Back in October 2016, I announced that I would “semi-retire”, and over the next few years that I would be downsizing all divisions of Royal Russia. In keeping with my agenda, I confirm that a total of only 25 issues of Royal Russia will be published. The No. 25 Winter 2024, will be the final issue! 

While 2024 is still some years away, it is important to note that there will be only one printing of each new issue. Once copies are sold, there will be no further reprints, the sold out issue will officially be out of print. Any one holding a full set of 25 issues will have in their possession, will be holding a unique collectors item.

If you are missing any issues, please note that I am now down to less that 10 copies of the following issues: No. 1 (2011), No. 2 (2012), No. 3 (2013), No. 4 (2013), No. 5 (2014), No. 8 (2015), and No. 9 (2016).

Since 2011, Royal Russia has grown into a beautiful and authoritative collection for any Romanovphile. To purchase current and back issues, please refer to the Royal Russia Bookshop.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 October 2018

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity

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In this day and age, when children are exposed to more and more violence on television, distracted by video games and texting on their mobiles, it is still a blessing that we have books to enlighten them.

Holy Trinity Publications, the publishing arm of Holy Trinity Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Jordanville, New York, have released a new publication in honor of the Royal Martyrs, for children aged 7-12, or for parents to read to their children of younger age.

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity by Maria Maximova, shares the story of the last Russian emperor and his family. Their life was not necessarily what one would expect;  there was much more than fancy clothes and  delicious food. They shared happy memories but also great hardships. They nursed the sick, ate porridge, kayaked along the Finnish coastline, and cared for chickens. Today we know them as the Royal Martyrs — deeply pious Orthodox Christians who laid down their lives for the Faith and role models of Christian virtue who showed kindness even to the guards who taunted them.  

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Beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina

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The author Maria Maximova is an expert on the history of Russian literary culture. She has authored a number of books retelling the lives of Orthodox Christian saints for children.

This thought provoking, hard cover book features 56 pages, with beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina. Translated from Russian into English by Nicholas Kotar. The price is $9.95 USD.

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The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity is one of two new titles published by Holy Trinity Publications, in time for the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his holy family, on July 17, 2018. The other title The Romanovs Under House Arrest: from the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest by Archpriest Afanasy Belyaev, rector of the Tsar’s Feodorovsky Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo, and subsequently the father confessor of the Russian Imperial family during their first five months of confinement following Nicholas II’s abdication in early 1917.

© Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 September  2018

NICHOLAS II CONFERENCE – 3rd ROMANOV EVENT ADDED!

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A 3rd event has been scheduled to take place in London during the week in which the Nicholas II Conference will be held in Colchester (an hour by train from London).

Romanov historian and author Coryne Hall will present her new book To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe 1917-1919 at Pushkin House in London, on Wednesday 24th October. London will now host 3 Romanov events this autumn, all of which time in nicely with the Conference.

On a personal note, I will be in London on Wednesday 24th October to attend the exhibition The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution, and Coryne Hall’s book presentation at Pushkin House – PG

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Join author Coryne Hall for a presentation of her latest book, ‘To Free The Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayals in Europe 1917 – 1919’. Did the Kaiser do enough? Did George V? When the Tsar’s cousins King Haakon of Norway and King Christian of Denmark heard of Nicholas’s abdication, what did they do? Unpublished diaries of the Tsar’s cousin Grand Duke Dmitri give a new insight to the Romanovs’ feelings about George V’s involvement.

King George V’s role in the withdrawal of an asylum offer was covered up. Britain refused to allow any Grand Dukes to come to England, a fact that is rarely explored.

When Russia erupted into revolution, almost overnight the pampered lifestyle of the Imperial family vanished. Within months many of them were under arrest and they became ‘enemies of the Revolution and the Russian people’. All showed great fortitude and courage during adversity. None of them wanted to leave Russia; they expected to be back on their estates soon and to live as before. When it became obvious that this was not going to happen a few managed to flee but others became dependent on their foreign relatives for help.

For those who failed to escape, the questions remain. Why did they fail? What did their relatives do to help them? Were lives sacrificed to save other European thrones? After thirty-five years researching and writing about the Romanovs, Coryne Hall considers the end of the 300-year-old dynasty ‒ and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over the Romanovs’ bloody end.

Tickets are £10.00 per person, seating is limited! Click HERE to purchase tickets to this event

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Coryne Hall is an historian, broadcaster and consultant specialising in the Romanovs and British and European royalty. She was born in Ealing, West London and developed a fascination for Imperial Russia in childhood when she learnt that her great-grandmother was born in St Petersburg, an almost exact contemporary of Nicholas II. The author of many books, she is a regular contributor to Majesty magazine, The European Royal History Journal, Royal Russia, Sovereign and Royalty Digest Quarterly. She acted as consultant on the Danish television documentaries “A Royal Family” and “The Royal Jewels.”

Coryne has lectured at royalty conferences in England, Denmark, Russia and America. Her media appearances include Woman’s Hour, BBC South Today, the documentaries “Russia’s Lost Princesses” and “13 Moments of Fate”, live coverage of Charles and Camilla’s wedding for Canadian television and co-hosting live coverage of Prince William’s wedding alongside John Moore for Newstalk 1010, Canada. She was also the last person to have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She lives in Hampshire. 

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Coryne Hall’s book presentation at Pushkin House on Wednesday 24th October will coincide with two Romanov exhibitions The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution and Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs and the Nicholas II Conference, to be held on 27 October 2018, at St John’s Orthodox Church, in Colchester, England.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 August 2018

Romanov Book of the Year: The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

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My personal choice for Romanov Book of the Year! – Paul Gilbert

In July 2018, I travelled to Ekaterinburg to take part in the events marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. I packed with me, a copy of Helen Rappaport’s latest book The Race to Save the Romanovs. It is interesting to note that this was the second of three visits to the Ural capital in which one of the popular Romanov historian’s books has accompanied me – I read Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs during my 2012 visit.

Aside from the publicity hype and favourable book reviews for The Race to Save the Romanovs, I was particularly anxious to read Helen Rappaport’s new book for a couple of reasons. First, the author’s attempt to uncover the many international plots to save Nicholas II and his family, why they failed, and who was responsible. Second, the author’s refutation that the fault to rescue the tsar lay entirely with King George V.

My position on the latter has always been very clear, as I have always supported the traditional claim which has endured for the last century. Over the past 25 years, the opinions which I have held on the life and reign of Nicholas II are my own, formed by the information which has been made available to me. When new information surfaces, I am prepared to review it and alter my opinion when necessary. Having said that, I am not too proud to admit when I am wrong, and with the case of placing the blame entirely on King George V’s failure to come to the aid of his Russian cousin – I was wrong, thanks to this book!

With regard to the idea that the failure to save the Russian Imperial family was all down to King George V, Helen Rappaport aptly notes: “Many people failed them. He was not alone in losing his nerve and worrying about the political consequences. It was a very difficult situation and it is time that there was an acknowledgement of a collective failure to do enough to help them.”

Much of Race to Save the Romanovs focuses on the action — and inaction — of King George V. Rappaport chronicles the well-known story of how the British government offered the Romanovs asylum. In the end, George V feared that the presence of “Bloody Nicholas” on British soil would compromise his position and subsequently bring down the monarchy. 

Rappaport further explores the futile efforts to save the Romanovs by their royal relatives, other governments, and Russian monarchists. She has ferreted out new and never-before-seen sources – including recently declassified documents – from a number of archives in the United States, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They shed new light on efforts of the royal families of Britain, Denmark, Sweden, even Germany, all of whom placed their own country’s interests above the well-being of their blood relatives. Even Russia’s staunch ally France was “actively hostile” to allowing the Romanovs a safe haven. Rappaport notes that it was only King Alfonso of Spain, who continuously made inquiries about the well-being of the Romanovs. 

“It is obvious,” Rappaport writes, “that Nicholas and Alexandra were a political hot potato that nobody wished to handle.” They were, despite the ties of blood, “personae non gratae across Europe.” The question of asylum for the Imperial family was much more complicated than packing their bags and putting them on a ship to a more welcoming nation. It was an extremely complicated issue which presented enormous political, logistical, and geographical challenges at a time when Europe was still at war.

Sadly, in the end Rappaport concludes that there was no realistic and viable escape or evacuation plan for the Romanovs once the Petrograd Soviet “tightened the net around them” about a week after Nicholas abdicated.

I have to admit that I found it hard to put this book down! It reveals a series of events, which adds even more sadness and despair to an already tragic story. Without giving any thing away from the book, one thing and one thing alone is clear: that history cannot hold George V entirely accountable for not saving Nicholas II and his family. Thanks to Rappaport’s research, we can firmly acknowledge that ALL of the royal houses of Europe, and Russia’s WWI allies must share the blame. 

For those who still maintain that King George V was solely responsible for failing to rescue the Russian royals, I strongly urge you to put your opinions aside, and read Helen Rappaport’s new book without prejudice.

Helen Rappaport is the author of four back-to-back Romanov titles. I have read all of them, but I have not always agreed with some of her comments on Nicholas II. Having said that, however, I have the utmost respect for her as a researcher and a writer. I also have to give credit where credit is due, and there is no question that she has delivered the goods with her latest book. Well done, Helen!

2018 has been a bumper crop year for new Romanov titles, and I have read them all! As a result of her excellent research and writing, I do not hesitate but select The Race to Save the Romanovs as the Romanov Book of the Year! 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August 2018

Nicholas II in July issue of Majesty Magazine

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Courtesy: Majesty Magazine

There are two good reasons to pick up a copy of the July 2018 issue of Majesty Magazine 

The issue features a 5 page article To Free the Romanovs by royal historian and author Coryne Hall. In this article, Hall writes about the attempts made by Europe’s crowned heads to rescue Emperor Nicholas II and his family, all of which proved woefully inadequate, though other family members did manage to escape Bolshevik Russia.

Ms Hall’s article ties in with her new book, both marking the centenary of the murder of Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their five children.

Her latest book To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe 1917-1919, tells the story of the end of the Romanov dynasty, the role of George V in this family tragedy and the guilt felt in the royal houses of Europe. To Free the Romanovs is Majesty Magazine’s Book of the Month title for July.

Published by Amberley Publishing (UK) in June 2018, available in Canada and the United States in October 2018.

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Our full-page colour advert promoting SOVEREIGN and the Nicholas II Conference

SOVEREIGN is a bi-annual journal which presents a revisionist history on the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor and tsar Nicholas II.

The articles featured in SOVEREIGN are not a rehash of everything written over the past century about his life and reign. There are no conspiracy theories, nor does SOVEREIGN attempt to sweep history under the rug, or whitewash Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

Instead, SOVEREIGN features many first English language works by Russian historians and experts, based on new archival documents discovered since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. 

All current and back issues of SOVEREIGN are available from the Royal Russia Bookshop.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 June 2018