The Almanach de Gotha is the most influential Royal Genealogical Reference book ever produced, a unique and unrivalled work.
The Book entered the language in its own right with the phrase "all the Gotha was there".
The Almanach de Gotha made its debut in Saxe-Coburg in 1763, the Court which during the 1760's under Duke Friedrich III and later under Duke Ernest II attracted the likes of Voltaire and which in the mid 1800's produced Prince Albert as consort for Queen Victoria. The Gotha's own familiar crown was stamped on the cover of what was to become the ultimate power register of the ruling classes. Unmoved by government decrees or bribes, those not included in its pages found themselves thwarted, Pretenders claims left in ruins, by the publisher who would not compromise itself for either inclusion - or exclusion.
Historically the Almanach de Gotha has charted the ruling royal and princely houses of Europe; only coming to an end with the Soviet occupation of the former Saxon Duchies of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1945. At the beginning of the 1990's, following the reunification of Germany, legal processes were initiated in order to repatriate all illegally confiscated assets in the former GDR.
Described as "the nearest thing there will ever be to a royal trades union when it comes to questions of dynastic disputes, successions or who is who in the extended royal and ruling families of Europe." The Gotha has a long history and became an indispensable reference tool. And with just under half the EU member states being reigning Kingdoms or Principalities today, the Gotha is now as much a contemporary reference work as it ever was.
On 16 March 1998, following a break of fifty-four years, the 182nd Almanach de Gotha was released at a Book Launch held at Claridge's Hotel in London.
The Almanach de Gotha as it stands today is the culmination of an ambitious project which follows the restoration of this historic title by the head of the original publishing dynasty; a title held by the same family since the 1760's.