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Irina Yusupova vs. MGM

What does it cost to blur the line between truth and fiction? A lot, as MGM found out. This is the story of a movie and a libel lawsuit – maybe the only one ever won with a murder confession. Its star? Princess Irina Yusupova. Find out what this quiet, soft-spoken woman did that had her lawyer later calling her “an advocate’s dream.”

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Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Tiara: Part 2

A putsch, a Reich, a war – and the family drama that went on in spite of and because of it. Find out what happened to Alix and her family when they came home without a job or a position after World War I. (Here’s a hint: It wasn’t smooth sailing.)

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Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Tiara: Part 1

This is part one of the story of Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s tiara. It was supposed to be a simple story about a tiara – a pretty hat made of diamonds. I didn’t expect it to take me to the darkest places of the 20th century. From war and betrayal to the Third Reich, Soviet prisons, and nuclear war, this story has it all – including a happy ending.

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Secrets of the Gotha: Source Report

A book that promises to give us secrets of the European royal families? I’m in! Find out what juicy tidbits I found…as well as what you won’t find, which surprised me a little. Read more in this post, available exclusively for Patreon supporters.

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The Yusupov Black Pearl Necklace

The Yusupov black pearl necklace belonged to Catherine the Great. From there, it’s a tale of incest, true love, revolution, robbery, and infidelity…with a special guest appearance by the HMS Titanic.

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The Grand Dukes: Source Report

Chapters on each of the 33 Russian grand dukes! What’s not to enjoy? From Grand Duke Alexei’s American buffalo hunt to Olga Pistolkors’s Gossip Girl-style manipulations, let’s dig in. Read more in this post, available exclusively for Patreon supporters.