Mesa Potamos, Cyprus, July 22, 2019

With great joy and feelings of deep emotion, the monastic brotherhood of the Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner of Mesa Potamos, Cyprus announces to the reading public that pre-orders of the book The Romanov Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal are now being accepted.

An official video trailer for the book has also been released:

This work is the fruit of a long-term study and it would not be bold to say that it has a uniquely significant feature, which accords to it a great honor and distinction: the fact that it is not simply a book written by the personal efforts and abilities of a single author, but rather was produced through the contributions of many world-renowned and distinguished scholars. All these historical researchers, who have devoted a considerable part of their lives to the study of the life and martyrdom of the Romanov Royal Martyrs, have contributed to this project in various ways, such as the translation of texts from primary sources, the compiling of archival documents, the offering of historical advice, the sharing of information and material, and many more.

Although an abundance of books has been written about Russia’s last royal family, the present work anticipates that it will offer to its readers a new revelation and a fresh experience of the events described herein. The effort for the attainment of this objective is summarized in a two-fold approach.

The first side is focused on creating a work that could inspire the readers by presenting the lives of the Royal Martyrs through a different prism—that of their spiritual grandeur and the purity of their noble souls. In the pages of the book, the eye of the reader’s mind will be apprised of the portraits of the Royal Martyrs’ psyche, depicted with the liveliest colors: the colors of their very own words from the personal writings of the family and of those who lived very close to them. Thus, it consists of a psychographic biography, which aims to present the deeper essence of the characters of the royal family in an inspiring way.

The second side of the project aims to bring to light a multitude of unknown and unrevealed facts, aspects and elements of history, which evince that many truths in regard to the life and martyrdom of the Royal Martyrs remain silenced or distorted to this day. This part of the project presents unvarnished factually sourced events, deriving all its material stringently from primary sources—as it is the case with the entire work—which allow no grounds for questioning their legitimacy, gravity and validity. Thus, many major historical events, such as the 1905 revolution and Bloody Sunday, Russia’s involvement in World War I, the February coup d’état of 1917, and the events relating to Nicholas’ II abdication, are set in their true proportions and are presented through the proper prospective. Readers may be surprised by the facts surrounding these historical events, because up to now, these events have generally been presented in an inaccurate light.

Elder Ephraim

The prologue to the book is authored by Elder Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery of Mount Athos. You can read the prologue here.

Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner of Mesa Potamos

Pre-orders are now available at:

Book Details

Paperback: 632 pages
Full-Color Photo Insert: 48 pages
Publisher: Mesa Potamos Monastery
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 17 x 4.5 x 24 cm




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