We at Eurohistory are delighted to announce the addition of the the very talented Greg King to our staff. Greg and Arturo have been in contact over the last few weeks, not only negotiating Greg's incorporation into the growing number of contributors working for Eurohistory, but also the publication of a commemorative book on the Russian Imperial Family. Greg's addition to our staff as Editor-in-Chief, starting immediately with ERHJ XCIII (June 2013), is the next big step in our Publisher's efforts to turn Eurohistory into the best source of royal historiography.
Arturo and Greg have been in contact for nearly twenty years. Together they possess an unparalleled wealth of royal history knowledge – working together they plan on making huge, positive, forward-moving changes to Eurohistory!
Eurohistory began as a hobby when Arturo was working for Goldman Sachs in the 1990s. It soon turned into a business and for the last sixteen years has played an important role in the area of royal studies. However, Eurohistory has grown to a point where it remaining a hobby is no longer feasible. The magazine side has 93 issues in publication, while the book publishing side has nearly 20 titles in print, with a further 11 titles in the works. This can no longer be managed by one person alone. Here is where Greg comes in...his aid will help ensure that Eurohistory's growth continues without compromising quality, veracity and overall contribution to the study of Europe's Royal Houses.
Indeed, we are delighted to welcome Greg under our ever-expanding tent...and we hope that with his steady leadership, we will be able to continue bringing you, our readers, excellent articles inside the pages of Eurohistory, as well as a more varied list of royal biographies.
Please help us welcome Greg!
I am delighted to join Arturo and the team at the European Royal History Journal (Eurohistory) as the magazine’s new Editor-in-Chief. Having watched Eurohistory progress and develop into an invaluable resource, I hope to help shepherd it into a new era of even greater influence. While respecting the important platform Arturo has cultivated, I will also approach historical exploration of diverse subjects and work closely with authors to help encourage research.
Having edited Atlantis Magazine: In the Courts of Memory with Penny Wilson for four years, I know that the strength of a publication rests both with its readers and with its writers. I encourage the former to please be in touch, to let us know what we are doing well and what areas you think need improvement and also to share your ideas with us. To the latter group, I promise to be diligent in my attentions, receptive to ideas, and eager to work with all of you. I would especially like to cultivate disparate voices, points of view, and previously unpublished writers who would like an opportunity to see their work in print. All of us who write about royalty had to take the initial leap of faith and begin. I did so at the age of twelve, when I began writing my biography of Empress Alexandra of Russia. No one took seriously the idea, but my interest and passion for the Romanovs drove me forward until it eventually became my first book. And so I encourage readers and writers alike to join us as we begin this new and exciting chapter in the life of Eurohistory. Under Arturo’s continued guidance and vision, and armed with determined enthusiasm, we can share in these exciting developments and help create a truly informative, supportive community where everyone is welcome.
Greg King is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty. His books include The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia (1994), The Man Who Killed Rasputin (1996), The Fate of the Romanovs (with Penny Wilson, 2003), The Court of the Last Tsar (2006), The Resurrection of the Romanovs (with Penny Wilson, 2010), and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor (2000). A frequent contributor and onscreen expert for more than fifty television documentaries, his newest book is The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World (with Sue Woolmans, St. Martin’s Press/Pan Macmillan, September 2013).
Born in 1964, I was educated at King’s High School; Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, where I received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998; and also studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since the age of ten I have been passionately interested in royal history, especially the Romanov Dynasty and I have written about the subjects I find most intriguing: Russian and royal history, Victorian, Edwardian and Gilded Age society, and architecture. I enjoy the challenge of discovery and reconciling conflicting documentation when researching and writing, and like to approach subjects with an eye toward reality. With Penny Wilson, I edited and ran Atlantis Magazine: In the Courts of Memory, a quarterly devoted to Imperial Russia. I have assisted numerous authors in their own works, including Julia Gelardi, Zoia Belyakova, Edvard Radzinsky, Coryne Hall, and Joseph Fuhrmann. I have also served as an advisor, onscreen expert, and commentator for more than fifty television programs and documentaries aired by A & E, the History Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The Romance Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Fox News, and Court TV in the United States; the CBC in Canada; and ITV, Channel 4, and Granada Television in the United Kingdom. My books have been serialized in Majesty Magazine, the Daily Mail (London), and in Atlantis Magazine, and my writing has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Royalty Magazine, Royal Russia, Royalty Digest, and Atlantis Magazine.
MY PAST WORKS
The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia (1994)
The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Felix Yusupov and the Murder that Helped Bring Down the Russian Empire (UK title The Murder of Rasputin, 1995)
The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria (1996)
The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson (1999)
Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders (2000)
The Fate of the Romanovs (with Penny Wilson) (2003)
The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II (2005)
Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year (2007)
Gilded Prism: The Konstantinovichii Grand Dukes (with Penny Wilson) (2007)
A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York (2009)
The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery (with Penny Wilson) (2011)
Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World (with Sue Woolmans) (2013)
PRAISE FOR GREG KING’S PAST WORKS
The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia
“Wonderfully vivid…a worthy companion to Edvard Radzinsky’s The Last Tsar” – Publishers Weekly
“Fascinating, readable and involving…strongly recommended” – Library Journal
“In this popular but not unperceptive treatment, King lends sympathetic understanding to the apparently unsuccessful life of this un-liked but significant figure” – Booklist
The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Felix Yusupov and the Murder that Helped Bring Down the Russian Empire
“Carefully crafts a mosaic of one of the most enigmatic men of the Russian Revolution” – Publishers Weekly
“Compelling reading” – Booklist
The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria
“A straightforward account of Ludwig’s sad life. Recommended.” – Library Journal
The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson
“Right on target when detailing how the royal family did much to damage the duchess’s image” – Booklist
“This readable, thoroughly researched biography of the much maligned duchess convincingly lays to rest much of the negative gossip” – Kirkus Reviews
“One of the essential books in any halfway complete collection on the Windsors” – Royalty Digest
Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders
“Even though I prosecuted Charles Manson, I learned much from this splendidly written book.” – Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter and Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
“Incredibly detailed account of the most famous of the Manson Family’s victims…unearths a staggering trove of information…true crime fans will find it irresistible” – Kirkus Reviews
“A thorough account of Sharon Tate’s brief life” – Publishers Weekly
The Fate of the Romanovs
“A complex, fascinating work…refreshingly, daringly, and compellingly revisionist.” – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner, Young Stalin, and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
“Sure to become the standard for which all future books on the Romanovs will be based....This is historical research at its best. A stunner of a book” – Marlene Eilers, author of Queen Victoria's Descendants
“A startlingly revisionist history that compelling destroys the tired old romantic clichés and recreates the Tsar and the commissars as real characters” – Financial Times, UK
“A comprehensive volume of one of history's great intrigues…those fascinated with the case will find it worthwhile” – Publishers Weekly
“In an attempt to separate historical fact from sentimental fantasy, King and Wilson have taken advantage of the glut of documentation made available by the collapse of the Soviet Union, fashioning a comprehensive reexamination of the 78 days of the Ekaterinburg captivity, the murders themselves, and the 1991 exhumation of the bodies. Utilizing fresh information and cobbling together an abundance of primary and secondary source material, the authors engage in a complex game of historical detection that ultimately results in a controversial new perspective on an old but ever-captivating topic” – Booklist
“The Fate of the Romanovs is both encyclopedic and compelling” – Evening Standard, UK
“King and Wilson have written a graphic, compelling reconstruction of the fate of the last tsar and his family and a detailed account of the developments in 1989–2001…the exhaustive documentation and notes, and readable style, make this book necessary for academic and public libraries” – Library Journal
“The two authors have turned their investigations into a murder–mystery tale” – South Wales Argus
“Makes for fascinating reading...an erudite retelling of a story that refuses to die” – Fortean Times
“The cold eye of reason combs through the evidence, delivering astonishing details about the demise of the Romanovs…A masterpiece of historical research” – Good Book Guide
The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II
“Any book by Greg King is a book to be kept and savored. He has not only given us a fresh, clear-eyed, and often startling new look at the life of the last Romanovs, but also lived up to the promise of his title. He has shown us how the whole enterprise worked, from Tsar Nicholas to his lowest cook and chambermaid. This book is a great work of scholarship and a wonderful read” – Peter Kurth, author of Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra and Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson
“Superb!” – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner, Young Stalin, and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
“A mammoth, monumental achievement. No other book captures the essence and the entire scope of life at the court of Nicholas II. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and encyclopedic masterpiece that will be a major source for historians and biographers for years to come” – Marlene A. Eilers, author of Queen Victoria's Descendants
“Greg King has truly written a tour de force. The book is extremely well researched, has over 100 illustrations and is, quite simply, marvelous” – Coryne Hall, author of Little Mother of Russia, Once a Grand Duchess, and Imperial Dancer
“Greg King is emerging as one of the leading authorities in today’s liveliest field of Russian studies, and this is a major contribution to the study of late Imperial Russia” – Professor Joseph T. Fuhrmann, author of Rasputin and the editor of The Complete Wartime Correspondence of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra
“Fascinating, exotic, indispensable” – The Sunday Telegraph, UK
“King has a vast knowledge of his subject, and those who are fascinated by the life of the royals and aristocratic intrigue will find much to delight in; for those intrigued by the Russian court, there is no better escort” – Publishers Weekly
“King marshals an amazing amount of information, and just as amazingly he presents it all in a very fluid, compelling fashion” – Booklist
“So completely approached this complex topic from a cultural standpoint…a great companion to Russian Revolution and Nicholas and Alexandra collections in all libraries” – Library Journal
Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year
“Biographies of Victoria are plentiful, but King’s special approach and limited focus makes this new one far from redundant” – Booklist
“Greg King leads you on a tour into the heart of history’s last and greatest royal empire” – Majesty Magazine
The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery
“Covers the subject so thoroughly and so honestly that this is almost certainly the last book that needs to be written” – Robert K. Massie, author of Nicholas and Alexandra, Journey, Peter the Great, Dreadnaught, and Catherine the Great
“This book presents a large amount of information in an accessible way, and will certainly answer many questions” – Russia Profile