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Anastasia & Anna Anderson

The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery by Greg King and Penny Wilson. The execution of Nicholas II and his family, the fate of his daughter Anastasia, and how Anna Anderson convinced people she was Anastasia. Includes 75 photos, some published for the first time.

A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson by Frances Welch. Who was Anna Anderson, and how did she manage to convince so many people that she was Russia's lost Grand Duchess Anastasia?

Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson by Peter Kurth. This book helped inspire my interest in royal history. The author met Anna Anderson and believed her to be Anastasia. A fascinating book with details about the real Anastasia's life. Published in 1993.

Anastasia: The Lost Princess by James Blair Lovell. The author knew Anna Anderson and believed that she was Anastasia. Published in 1998.

Queen Victoria's Gene by D. M. Potts and W. T. W. Potts is about the hemophilia gene Queen Victoria passed down to her descendants, including Anastasia's brother Alexei. Among the questions the book considers is whether Anna Anderson was really Anastasia. Published in 1996.

I, Anastasia: An Autobiography by Roland Krug Von Nidda, translated from German by Oliver Coburn. Supposedly an autobiography of Anna Anderson, but actually written by someone else with help from her lawyers, and based on Anderson's own statements.

Anastasia: The Autobiography of HIH the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia by Eugenia Smith (Smetisko), who -- like Anna Anderson -- claimed to be Anastasia. Published in 1963. Includes photographs.

Anastasia & Her Sisters

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport. An account of the lives of Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, drawing on their own letters and diaries and other primary sources. (Previously published under the title Four Sisters.)

Maria and Anastasia by Helen Azar. The youngest grand duchesses in their own words, based on letters, diaries, and postcards.

The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution translated by Helen Azar. The first English translation of the wartime diaries of the eldest daughter of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, with additional documents of the period.

Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913-1918 by Helen Azar and Nicholas B. A. Nicholson. A detail-oriented and observant participant in historical events, Grand Duchess Tatiana left first-hand descriptions of the early years of Russia's involvement in World War I.

Maria Romanov, Third Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1908-1918 edited by Helen Azar and George Hawkins. Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna's gentle character and courage made her a pillar of strength for her family.

Romanovs' Murder and Aftermath

The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport. Describes the final 13 days in the lives of Tsar Nicholas II and his family against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil.

The Murder of the Romanovs by Andrew Cook. Draws upon new forensic evidence and newly discovered records to show that the entire family of Russia's last tsar was executed, despite claims that Anastasia and Alexei survived the massacre.

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter by Robert K. Massie, gives new information about the Romanovs' deaths, the discovery of their bodies, and the women (including Anna Anderson) who claimed to be Anastasia.

The Many Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II: Relics, Remains and the Romanovs by Wendy Slater. Describes the deaths of the tsar and his family, the discovery of their bones, the alternative narratives that have grown up around these events, and the romanticization of the Romanovs.

The Romanov Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal by St John the Forerunner Monastery. Written as a novel, this book also offers quotes from primary sources and previously unpublished texts. Historians who worked on the project include Helen Azar and Helen Rappaport.

Rescue Plans & Survival Stories

The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar: The Truth Behind the Romanov Mystery by Shay McNeal. Disputes the traditional account of the death of the Russian imperial family and agrees with the Russian Orthodox Church's position of nonrecognition of the Romanov bones.

The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport. Details various plots to save the last tsar's family, and refutes the claim that their deaths were entirely the fault of Britain's King George V.

To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe, 1917-1919 by Coryne Hall. Considers the end of Russia's Romanov dynasty, and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over their bloody end.

Alexei Theories

The Escape of Alexei by Vadim Petrov, Georgy Egorov, I.V. Lysenko. The authors claim that Tsarevich Alexei miraculously escaped execution. (Published in 1998.)

Blood Relative by Michael Gray. The author claims to be the son of Alexei. (Published in 1998.)

Tsar Nicholas II

Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie. The classic. Tells the story of the romance and marriage of Nicholas and Alexandra and their struggles with their son's hemophilia. A must-read.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service. An account of the last 18 months of Nicholas II's life and reign, based in part on the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations.

Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding. A deeply personal study that gives psychological insight into the last tsar of Russia's marriage and how it shaped the events that engulfed his family.

The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II by Greg King. Recaptures the glittering lost world of Nicholas and Alexandra: imperial ceremonies and entertainments, intrigues and scandals, and day-to-day details, from table settings to servant life. With 24 pages of color illustrations and 80 rare black-and-white photographs.

The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II by Edvard Radzinsky. Makes use of information that was unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union.

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Tsar and Tsarina by Nina Tarasova. Curators of the State Museum the Hermitage in St Petersburg review the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra, including their marriage, coronation, court, and misfortunes. Illustrated with the magnificent coronation costumes and regalia designed by Faberge, personal objects, and religious objects.

Nicholas II: The Life and Reign of Russia's Last Monarch by Robert D. Warth. A scholarly look at the life of the last tsar.

Nicholas II: The Last Tsar by Michael Paterson. Biography of a man who seems to some a fool, to others a monster, and to others a well-meaning man doing his best under impossible conditions.

Books About the Tsar & World War I

Tsarina Alexandra

Alexandra: The Last Tsarina by Carolly Erickson. Biography that draws the reader into Alexandra's isolated, troubled interior world.

The Last Diary of Tsaritsa Alexandra by Alexandra, edited by Vladimir M. Khrustalev. This is Empress Alexandra's diary, kept during her family's last six months of captivity. The final entry was made on the night of her death.

The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia by Greg King. Another biography.

Empress Alexandra: The Special Relationship Between Russia's Last Tsarina and Queen Victoria by Melanie Clegg. Queen Victoria hoped her granddaughter Alix would marry the heir to the British throne. But the spirited Alix had other ideas.

Family Photographs

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra by Peter Kurth and Edvard Radzinski. Includes 350 illustrations.

Royal Russia: From the James Blair Lovell Archive by Carol Townend and James Blair Lovell. Romanov family photos, including some taken from the albums of Anastasia's mother and sister.

The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy edited by A. N. Bokhanov includes hundreds of photos of the last Romanovs that have never before been published.

The Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs by Charlotte Zeepvat. An album of pictures, the majority of which are previously unpublished. Includes formal portraits, photos taken at weddings and other family gatherings, and pictures of the family members at ease.

The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas II and a Collection of Private Photographs of the Russian Imperial Family by Alexander Von Solodkoff and Irina A. Bogatskaya.

More Books About the Romanovs

Tutors to the Imperial Family

The Romanovs and Mr. Gibbes by Frances Welch. Sydney Gibbes was tutor to the children of Tsar Nicholas II. This biography draws on unpublished material, including Gibbes' letters and diaries.

An Englishman in the Court of the Tsar: The Spiritual Journey of Charles Syndney Gibbes by Christine L. Benagh.

Thirteen Years at the Russian Court by Pierre Gilliard. Memoirs of the Romanov children's tutor. Provides an intimate look at the family's final days. Gilliard met Anna Anderson and thought she might be Anastasia, but later changed his mind.

Books About Rasputin

Rasputin: The Saint Who Sinned by Brian Moynahan. A biography of the "Mad Monk."

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith. This biography draws on forgotten documents to present Rasputin in all his complexity -- man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard.

The Rasputin File by Edvard Radzinsky disputes the traditional account of how Rasputin died. According to the author, Rasputin did not really consume poison without effect, as his killers claimed.

To Kill Rasputin by Andrew Cook. According to this book, the British secret service was responsible for Rasputin's assassination.


Romanoff Gold: The Lost Fortune of the Tsars by William Clarke. Did anyone survive the massacre of the last tsar's family? And what happened to Romanovs' $45 billion dollar fortune? Clarke's book examines these questions.

Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs: Saving the Royal Jewels by William Clarke. Biography of Albert Henry Stopford, an aristocratic English art dealer who risked his life to rescue Romanov jewels during the Russian Revolution. The gems were destined to adorn the rich and famous -- queens, duchesses and film stars. Illustrated.

Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin by Prince Felix Youssoupoff. First-person account of the cross-dressing prince who poisoned Rasputin. Originally published in 1952, during Prince Youssoupoff's exile from Russia.

To Save Russia: The Reincarnation of Nicholas II by Donald Norsic. The author claims to be the reincarnation of the last tsar!

Books About the Romanovs & Queen Victoria


Novels About Romanov Family Members

The Last Grand Duchess: A Novel of Olga Romanov, Imperial Russia, and Revolution by Bryn Turnbull. Fictional account of the life of the oldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II.

The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson. Novel in which Russia's Grand Duchess Tatiana, daughter of the last tsar, tries to save her family from death.

The German Woman by Janet Ashton. Fictionalized autobiography of Nicholas II's wife, Alexandra.

Novels About Rasputin Family Members

Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander. The harrowing tale of the final days of the "Mad Monk" who befriended the Russian imperial family, as told by Rasputin's bold young daughter Maria.

Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison. Rasputin's 18-year-old daughter Masha tends the tsar's headstrong son, Prince Alyosha, who suffers from hemophilia. After the arrest of the royal family, Masha and Alyosha escape into imagination by telling stories.

Romanov Survivors and Conspiracies

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. A novel about Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov, daughter of the last tsar of Russia.

The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade. An archaeologist discovers dramatic new clues to the disappearance of Russia's last tsar and his family, especially Anastasia.

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry. Suspense novel in which a modern American lawyer investigates what really happened to the family of Russia's last tsar.

Fictional Connections

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel by Jennifer Laam. Tells the story of three fictional women, including Veronica, a modern-day woman who meets a man who may be heir to the Russian throne, and Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902.

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander. Novel about the last days of Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family, told from the viewpoint of a young servant at the house where they were imprisoned.

The True Memoirs of Little K: A Novel by Adrienne Sharp. Novel about prima ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska, once mistress of tsar Nicholas II, whose devotion to the imperial family was tested in ways she could never have foreseen.

The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne. Novel about a bodyguard who witnesses the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

Visions of the Revolution by Jeffrey Minucci. An orphaned boy who has disturbing visions becomes part of the tsar's court on the brink of the Russian Revolution.

The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen. An orphaned girl finds herself at the heart of the Russian royal family. Decades later, her time with the Romanovs still haunts her.

Books for Children & Teens

Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov by Mary Englar. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Anastasia's Album by Hugh Brewster. Uses photos of the family from Grand Duchess Anastasia's own album, paintings done by Anastasia, and excerpts from her letters to tell the story of Anastasia and her family. For children ages 9 to 12.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. A look at Russia's last tsar and his family, complete with period photographs and primary-source material. For ages 12 and up.

Nicholas and Alexandra Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney.


Anastasia, the Last Grand Duchess Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer. A fictional diary for children ages 9-12.

Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer. Anastasia Romanov and her fellow grand duchesses of Russia pay a heavy price for royalty. For ages 12 and up.

Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap. During the Russian Revolution, Grand Duchess Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia, where romance blooms between Anastasia and a sympathetic guard. For young adult readers.

The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller. Young adult novel about the four ill-fated daughters of Russian tsar Nicholas II -- Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia.

Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic, and the Power of Dreams by Joy Preble. In modern-day Chicago, a young woman starts having dreams about the last tsar of Russia's daughter Anastasia. For young adult readers.

The Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin. Fiction. Alexei Romanov, heir to the Russian throne, flees through time to New York City in 2010, using a method taught to him by Rasputin. For young adult readers.

Documentaries and Movies

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Anastasia: Her True Story. Historians discuss the young princess and forensic findings that Anna Anderson was not Anastasia.

In Search of History: The Romanovs. Join authors Mark Steinberg and Peter Kurth for a riveting look at the end of an era. Go into the Soviet archives to see the historic documents that led to the discovery of the Romanovs' remains. Includes an interview with Prince Nicholas Romanov and footage from Nicholas and Alexandra's reign.

Nicholas and Alexandra is a very good documentary that includes footage of the tsar and his family. Sometimes available from Amazon.

National Geographic's Russia's Last Tsar, narrated by Jeremy Irons, features a good deal of interesting newsreel footage of the epoch and a lot of affecting snapshots of their family. Many of the candid snapshots were taken by the tsar himself or by Anastasia. Sometimes available from Amazon.

Anastasia - Dead or Alive. This 1997 documentary about Anastasia includes information about the DNA test that identified Anna Anderson as a Polish factor worker. Sometimes available from Amazon.

Anastasia. Classic 1956 movie starring Ingrid Bergman as the woman who poses as Anastasia. Anna Anderson received royalties from this film because it was based on her life story.

Anastasia - The Mystery of Anna. 1986 movie starring Amy Irving as Anna Anderson.

Nicholas and Alexandra. This 1971 movie about the last Romanovs won Oscars for set decoration and costumes.

Anastasia. Fanciful 1997 animated musical about an orphan who poses as the long-lost Anastasia.

DVDs About Rasputin

Rasputin: The Mad Monk. Leading historians reveal why Rasputin was tolerated by the royals despite his scandalous behavior, Rare photos and period accounts capture the strange intensity that made him a figure of mystery. From A&E's "Biography" series.

History's Mysteries: The True Story of Rasputin. This documentary attempts to separate fact from fiction and paint an accurate picture of Rasputin's life and death. Includes information assembled by the Russian Secret Police, which has only recently come to light.

Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin. A 1974 Russian movie about the "Mad Monk."

Rasputin: The Mad Monk. A 1966 movie starring Christopher Lee. This DVD also includes the movie "The Devil Rides Out."

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