The Lost Romanov Icon & The Enigma of Anastasia

iconCover of the novel. Though historical fiction the main story is based on historical facts.

The Lost Romanov Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia is a historical novel whose characters  are entangled in an amazing series of events brilliantly tied together to unveil  facts and documents never before revealed about the true fate of Anastasia and her family in 1918.
The plot brings to the attention two mysteries together: The real fate of the youngest daughter of the last Russian Czar, still considered  one of the most talked about mysteries of all times, (despite of the identification by the Russian government of  some bones unburied in Ekaterinburg  1991, and the still “unbelievable” results of DNA tests performed in England in 1994), as well as  the whereabouts of an invaluable holy icon that belonged to the Romanov family, since the times of Catherine the Great, and was given to Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan in 1946, as a lifetime loan, when she became the godmother of the only male heir  of  the  Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, two prominent and respected members of a German ducal  family.
Both I and Marie Stravlo, have been fascinated since a young age by the fate of the Russian Imperial Family and I can now say that we have a deep knowledge of the Anastasia saga, and we hope that in this book we present a fluid narrative that captures the attention of readers  by taking them to several countries (Spain, England, Morocco, Costa Rica, The Vatican, Russia, Italy, Germany and Poland) where hidden information and documents related to the fate of the last Russian Imperial Family have been kept during more than sixty years, 
Rodney Mundy, the main character, not only was my father, but also an MI6 agent in his real life.  According to the plot, after being retired in Spain for several years, and  due to strange circumstances  occurring around  him,  Rodney chooses to investigate the story of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan, the woman  that surfaced in Berlin  in 1920, claiming to be the youngest daughter of  the Tsar that had  survived  the massacre of  her family in July 1918. He discovers that an orthodox icon, apparently containing a hidden document with explosive information about the fate of the Romanovs, disappeared in 1984 from the Manahan’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, by the time of the death of Anastasia.
34Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, who gave the Icon to Anastasia and was stolen from her home when she died in Charlottesville.


He decides to  go back to his previous life as a spy with  the help of former colleagues in secret services and some members of a spiritual Secret Society, trying to find the icon and the truth. Rodney embarks in a dangerous mission and during his journey he receives numerous  revelations  about  historical facts  that have been hidden to  cover up one of the greatest secret service operations  in history, and  finds not only the proof that Anna Anderson was Anastasia, but also the documents that may attest that other members of the Imperial Family survived and lived under false identities in different countries around the world, with the protection and complicity of several governments, royal houses and The Vatican.

Critics say we have wisely and carefully handpicked the other characters, and infused them with specific emotions, personalities, feelings, motives and secret agendas, since they play important roles that represent the past, the  present and will subtly suggest the future of the saga.
It has been our aim that with a balanced mix of facts and fiction, to manage to develop a thrilling sequence of events taking place in 1994, the unforgettable year when several people got involved in a legal battle in Charlottesville, Virginia, to gain access to a tissue sample of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan, kept at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, to be tested to obtain her DNA. Finally, the sample was taken  to London for the DNA analysis, and the results announced on October 5th, 1994 discredited  her claim of being the historical Anastasia. But despite the scientific results, still today, thousands of Anna Anderson’s supporters all over the world believe in her authenticity.  Many questions about the true fate of the last ruling family of Russia remain unanswered, including why the Russian Orthodox Church does not recognize the bones exhumed in 1991 as those of Nicholas II‘s family.
11 Letter of Prince Michael Benedict to Robert Crouch about Icon in  1991
Letter of Prince Michael Benedict to Robert Crouch about Icon in 1991

The lost Romanov Icon contains a detailed description of several events of the life of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan that were never mentioned before.  I do think that it is definitely an intriguing novel that combines history with legend, facts with fiction, and suggests royal and state secrets kept since 1918 by powerful people around the world, that probably will result in a new controversy around one of the bloodiest episodes of history: the fate of the last Imperial Family of Russia.
No doubt this novel will add more mystery to an almost 100 year’s enigma that will outlive all of us while we wait for the definitive work of Marie Stravlo that will shock all those that keep insisting that the official version is the only version.
9Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaievna Romanov, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II in Lugano, 1926


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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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