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


Portrait of Nicholas II in his study in the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow. Artist: N.F. Yash

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

This title was originally planned to be one volume, however, the book has since doubled in size, thanks to all the additional information and photographs, which I have amassed primarily from Russian sources.

The first volume Nicholas II. Portraits features beautiful colour covers, 140 pages, numerous articles, and richly illustrated with more than 160 black and white photographs.

My book features an introduction, as well as a series of articles on portraits and their respective artists, including Serov, Repin, Lipgart, Bakmanson, Ryzhenko, as well as lost portraits found and restored during the post-Soviet years, and much more.

Nicholas II. Portraits went to the printers in February, and will be available from the Royal Russia Bookshop in March 2019. 


Monument to Nicholas II established 2013, in the Novospassky Monastery, Moscow

The second volume Nicholas II. Monuments will also feature beautiful colour covers, 150 pages, numerous articles, and richly illustrated with more than 150 black and white photographs.

This title will feature an introduction, as well as a series of articles on the destruction of Romanov monuments during and after the 1917 Revolution, and the plethora of monuments, statues, busts and memorial plaques established during the post-Soviet years, and much more. More details on this title will be made available at a later date.

Nicholas II. Monuments is scheduled for publication in June 2019. 

Please note that the publication of books on Nicholas II, are part of my campaign to publish new works, researched primarily from Russian sources, which will provide new facts and information on the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor and tsar, and also to defend the honour of the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II from the injustices, prejudices and misunderstandings which still surround him more than a century after his death. Thank you to those of you who support my publishing projects.

© Paul Gilbert. 11 February 2019


2 NEW Issues of Sovereign in the Works


I am pleased to announce that 2 NEW issues of Sovereign will be published over the next 3 months.


Our TENTH issue features 7 full-length articles, including 5 FIRST ENGLISH translations of works by Russian historians + 2 additional articles:

1. Nicholas II Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries by Pyotr Multatuli. Translated by William Lee

2. Nicholas II in the Historical Memory of the Kuban Cossacks by O.V. Matveev. Translated by William Lee

3. The Wardrobe of the Imperial Family: The History of the Alexander Palace Collection by A.S. Rognatev. Translated by William Lee

4. Investigator Sokolov: “The Tsar’s Misery Is Russia’s Misery” by Y.Y. Vorobyevsky. Translated by Elizabeth S. Yellen

5. Novonikolayevsk: A Product of the People’s Aspirations and the Tsar’s Beneficence, Emperor Nicholas II and the City of Novosibirsk: Parallels Between Past and Present by E. Tsybizov. Translated by Elizabeth S. Yellen

6. Memorandum to Tsar Nicholas II by Pyotr Durnovo

7. Generals Who Did Not Betray Nicholas II by Paul Gilbert

and Sovereign News – featuring news highlights from Russian media resources



Our ELEVENTH issue is dedicated to the ROYAL RUSSIA PAPERS. This SPECIAL ISSUE features 11 articles and many NEW photographs:

1. Russia’s Last Star: Nicholas II and Cinema by Viktor Belyakov;

2. Nicholas & Alexandra: A Love Affair in Letters by Vladimir Oustimenko;

3. The Imperial Family at Tobolsk by Paul Gilbert;

4. Nicholas II: A Re-evaluation of the Reign of Russia’s Last Tsar by Katie Danae Wilkens;

5. The Fall of the Romanovs by HRH Viktoria Luise Princess of Prussia;

6. Hostages to Political Games: Did Lenin Order the Execution of the Imperial Family? Interview with Vladimir Solviev by Viktor Kozhemyako;

7. ‘An Energetic and Chivalrous Protector’ – Danish Efforts to Help the Imprisoned Romanovs by Coryne Hall;

8. Servant to Three Emperors: Count Vladimir Frederiks by Margarita Nelipa;

9. ‘A True Friend of Russia’ – Russia’s Relations with Siam by Coryne Hall;

10. ‘My wonderful house on the seashore’ – A History of the Lower Dacha at Peterhof by Valentina Tenikhina;

11. Faithful to the End: The Devoted Retainers of the Imperial Family by Natalya Stukova; 

Note: this issue features many new photos which were not featured in the original articles, published in issues of Royal Russia, published between 2011 and 2017.

Launched in 2015, a total of 12 will be in print by the end of this year, including 3 Special Issues. Click HERE For more information on our journal Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II

© Paul Gilbert. 30 January 2019