Author Biographies

Author Biographies 2017-05-19T09:05:04+00:00

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 1999 work “The Duchess of Windsor” was a UK bestseller. His 2003 book “The Fate of the Romanovs” (with Penny Wilson) examined the last days and murder of the Russian Imperial Family using previously unpublished Russian archival sources, and corrected a century of myth and misinformation. “The Court of the Last Tsar” (2005) continued his popular Russian scholarship devoted to the last of the Romanovs, and his 2011 work “The Resurrection of the Romanovs” (with Penny Wilson) finally revealed how Anna Anderson was able to so convincingly pull off her charade as Grand Duchess Anastasia. A frequent onscreen expert and commentator for historical documentaries, his work has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Royalty Magazine, Royalty Digest, and Atlantis Magazine.

Sue Woolmans

is a royal historian and writer whose work has appeared in Royalty Digest and Atlantis magazine. With Paul Kulikovsky, great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas II’s sister, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, she recently edited the Grand Duchess’s memoirs, Twenty-Five Chapters of My Life. Sue is a sound engineer, and lives in London.

Greg’s Previous Works

The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia (US: Carol Publishing, UK: Aurum, 1994)    The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Felix Yusupov and the Murder that Helped Bring Down the Russian Empire (US: Carol Publishing, UK title The Murder of Rasputin, Random House/Century, 1995)    The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria (US: Carol Publishing, UK: Aurum, 1996)    The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson (US: Carol Publishing/Kensington Books, 2000; UK: Aurum, 1999)    Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders (US: Barricade, 2000; UK Mainstream, 2000)    The Fate of the Romanovs (with Penny Wilson): (US and UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2003)    The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II: (US and UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2005)      Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year: (US and UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2007)    Gilded Prism: The Konstantinovichii Grand Dukes (with Penny Wilson): (US: Kensington House, 2007)    A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York: (US and UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2009)    The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery (with Penny Wilson): (US and UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2011)

Greg’s Reviews

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

The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson “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

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 and publisher of Royal Book News “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 “The Fate of the Romanovs is both encyclopaedic and compelling” – Evening Standard, UK

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….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 “A mammoth, monumental achievement….A thoroughly enjoyable and encyclopaedic masterpiece that will be a major source for historians and biographers for years to come” – Marlene A. Eilers, author of Queen Victoria’s Descendants and publisher of Royal Book News “A tour de force….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

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

Sue at the Edinburgh Literary Festival.

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