The Romanovs, Russia & Revolution

from the last days of imperial russian grandeur, to war & revolutionary chaos

“I always enjoy Helen’s writing style, books grounded in meticulously accredited scholarly research but all presented in an accessible and informative way; the same style that instantly drew me into No Place For Ladies, Ekaterinburg and Beautiful For Ever.”

Lynne Hatwell, Dovegreyreader blog

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The Romanovs Trilogy

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Ekaterinburg brings the final tragic days of the Romanov family vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.

Four Sisters

On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg to their murder. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias.

The Race to Save the Romanovs

This incredible detective story unpicks the many false claims and conspiracies surrounding the last days of the imprisoned family, revealing fierce loyalties, bitter rivalries and devastating betrayals.

The Romanovs & Revolution

Here is Helen speaking at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival with Susan Eisenhower, the distinguished American writer and expert on International Relations

The Romanovs – 100 years on

Helen explore how the Soviets tried to erase the memory of the Romanovs in this film for  Dan Snow’s History Hit

The Romanovs’ religious faith

 Having offered advice and shared information with the fathers of the Greek Orthodox Mesa Potamos Monastery in Cyprus during the course of their work on an exquisite and scholarly book about the Romanovs,  they asked me to contribute an audio piece for their website about the family’s religious faith.
I am not a monarchist, or a royalist and am religiously agnostic, but believe that it is the private family life of the Romanovs that defines them as human beings. I admire their religious devotion and for me, this is an important gesture of respect. It is also a final moment of remembrance, for I do passionately believe that this is how we should best remember Russia’s last Imperial Family.
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Latest Articles and Media about The Romanovs

OTMA – The Romanov Sisters

OTMA – The Romanov Sisters

Going out into the Koptyaki Forest where the family’s bodies were dumped after they were murdered in July 1918, left an indelible impression on my mind and my creative imagination. I wanted, with a passion, to tell the story of those four lovely, much photographed but historically neglected sisters…

Sophie Karlovna Buxhoeveden, Pt 2

Sophie Karlovna Buxhoeveden, Pt 2

In May 1919, after having been received by Alexandra, the Queen Mother at Marlborough House, Isa travelled on to Copenhagen where she was finally reunited with her widowed father and she lived with him there for the next year or so.

Sophie Karlovna Buxhoeveden – Pt 1

Sophie Karlovna Buxhoeveden – Pt 1

Sophie Karlovna von Buxhoeveden [styled Буксгевден/Buksgevden in Russian] – or Isa as she was known to the Imperial Family – always thought of herself as a Russian. But although she was born in St Petersburg in 1883, her father Karl Matthias had come from Dorpat [today’s Tartu] in what was then the Governorate of Livonia of which Estonia was part.

Amazon’s Romanoffs vs the Real House of Romanov

Amazon’s Romanoffs vs the Real House of Romanov

It may be fiction but there is no doubt that it exploits the same tired old myth-making about the Romanovs that many Romanov historians and aficionados such as I are sick to death of seeing and reading about. It is time all these false claims and their attendant mythology were finally closed down…

The Last Days of Sydney Gibbes

The Last Days of Sydney Gibbes

It was something of a tradition in the Imperial Family to have non-Russian tutors and nannies for their children. Perhaps the best known of them all was the English tutor Sydney Gibbes who taught first Anastasia and Maria and later Alexey the Tsarevich.

The Romanovs Centenary Celebrations 2018

The Romanovs Centenary Celebrations 2018

The huge numbers of pilgrims who travelled to Ekaterinburg  – not just from within Russia but from all over the world –  are a testament to the enduring power of the Romanov story and the strong sense of identification that many Russians have, still, with their murdered Imperial family…

Lenin & the Russian Revolution

the bolshevik leader’s years in european exile and the road to petrograd 1917

“[The] centenary will prompt a raft of books on the Russian Revolution. They will be hard pushed to better this highly original, exhaustively researched and superbly constructed account.”


Books about Lenin, Stalin & the Russian Revolution

Helen’s work takes the reader through Lenin’s difficult & dangerous years in exile 1900-1917,  the rise of Joseph Stalin & events leading to the 1917 revolution,  & on through the repressive years of the Stalinist Soviet Union

Caught in the Revolution

Drawing upon a rich trove of material and through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold, Helen Rappaport takes us right up to the action – to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile

Conspirator is the compelling story of Lenin’s exile: the years in which he and his political collaborators plotted a revolution that would change 20th century history.

Jospeh Stalin: A Biographical Companion

This accessible and easy to read reference work reveals the more personal side of the Machiavellian mastermind, who not only orchestrated the Great Terror but also forged the USSR into a world power.

Latest Articles and Media about Lenin & the Russian Revolution

Lenin in London

Lenin in London

Most people know the now legendary tale of how Lenin returned to Russia after many years in exile on a sealed train across wartime Germany, arriving at Petrograd’s Finland Station on 16 April 1917. But few are aware of the life he led in Europe between 1900 and his dramatic return. During those years he came to London on five separate occasions…

John Reed: Writing the Russian Revolution

John Reed: Writing the Russian Revolution

John Reed was the archetypal rebellious romantic. He was made for revolution and hungry for a cause and the Russian Revolution found its most passionate American advocate in him

The Women in Lenin’s Life

The Women in Lenin’s Life

Lenin had no qualms whatsoever in ruthlessly exploiting the loyalty of the women who formed his essential back up team. He wore them all ragged in the cause of his own political ends.

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