Antti Ruokonen

Author and historian of Orders and Decorations

The Books

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Yesterday and Today’s Knights – Orders of Romania

(ISBN 978-952-92-8065-0)

  • 512 pages, softcover in English with a short abstract in Finnish.
  • 466 large format images of insignia, recipients, bestowal ceremonies, award documents, cases of issue and more.
  • Describes all Romanian Orders from the eras of the Principality/Kimgdom (1877-1947) and the current Republic (1989-) and connected Decorations.
  • Brief history of Romand and that of its Royal House
  • Short biographies of a few select recipients.
  • Collector’s word.
  • Sizeable appendix with  award statistics.

Published in 2010.

Sold through the following vendors:
Michael Autengruber
Willy Dufossez:

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The Spirit of the Lion – Orders of Belgium

(ISBN 978-952-93-0391-5 and 978-1475262247 (US Edition))

  • 302 pages, softcover in English with a short abstract in Finnish.
  • 256 large format images of Orders insignia, cases, documents, recipients, insignia details, etc.
  • All five Belgian Orders described, with measurements, details, types, ribbons, award details and more
  • Biographies of King Leopold I & Leopold II
  • Biographies of three knights of Belgian Orders
  • A short history of modern Belgium
  • Hierarchy and timeline of Belgian Orders
  • A healthy appendix with two document groups, ribbons, insignia centres, manufacturer marks and more.

Published in 2012 and 2014 (US Edition).

European edition is sold through the following vendors:
Michael Autengruber

Willy Dufossez:

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and the US Edition through the Amazon network and their partners around the world:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Spirit-Lion-Orders-Belgium/dp/1475262248

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Lion at the Crossroads – Orders of Luxembourg

(ISBN 978-952-93-2973-1 and 978-1493605224 (US Edition))

  • 206 pages, softcover in English with a short abstract in Finnish.
  • 136 large format images of Orders insignia, cases, documents, recipients, etc.
  • All four Luxembourgish Orders described, with measurements, details, types, award details and more
  • A short history of Luxembourg
  • Biographies of Grand Duke Adolph & Grand Duchess Charlotte
  • Biographies of two knights of Luxembourgish Orders
  • Hierarchy and timeline of Luxembourgish Orders
  • An appendix with award statistics

Published in 2013 (both EU and US Editions).

European edition is sold through the following vendors:
Michael Autengruber

Willy Dufossez:

dufossez kontact

and the US Edition through the Amazon network and their partners around the world:

http://www.amazon.com/Lion-at-Crossroads-Orders-Luxembourg/dp/1493605224/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FAZ7R6DV4DTABH06RNB

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Knights of Orange – Orders of the Netherlands

(ISBN 978-952-68328-0-7 and 978-1508857679 (US Edition))

• 402 pages, softcover in English with a 1-page abstract in Finnish
• 362 images, most in large format: Insignia, medal-bars, lapel-pins, miniatures, recipients, award documents and more..
• A short history of the Netherlands
• Biographies of King William I and Queen Wilhelmina
• Chapters on each of the Orders:
Military Order of William (including the Sabre of Honour),
Order of the Netherlands Lion,
Order of Orange-Nassau,
Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau,
Order of the House of Orange,
Order of the Golden Ark
• Biographies two famous knights
• A collector’s word
• Appendix with:
Hallmarks, manufacturers and their marks
Cases of issue
Bestowal statistics

Published in 2015 (both EU and US Editions)

European edition is sold through the following vendors:
Michael Autengruber

Willy Dufossez:dufossez kontact

Edgar van Engeland: edgar kontakt

and the US Edition through the Amazon network and their partners around the world:

http://www.amazon.com/Knights-Orange-Antti-Ruokonen-B-Sc/dp/1508857679/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430749337&sr=8-1&keywords=ruokonen

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For Prince and Country – Awards and Medals of Liechtenstein

(ISBN 978-952-68328-1-4 and 978-1540767127 (US Edition))

  •  157 pages, Softcover in English with a 1-page abstract in Finnish
  •  91 images, mostly in large-format: Insignia, cases, miniatures, recipients and award ceremonies, award documents and more..
  •  A short history of Liechtenstein
  • Chapters on each official Awards and Medals of Liechtenstein:

Princely Order of Merit of Liechtenstein

Princely Medal of Merit of Liechtenstein

Long-service awards of the Liechtenstein military

Prince Johann 50 Year Jubilee Commemorative Medal

Prince Franz Josef II 50 Year Jubilee Commemorative Medal

 Prince Franz Josef II 70 Year Jubilee Commemorative Medal

  • Collector’s word
  • Appendix with bestowal statistics and more

Published in 2017 (both EU and US Editions)

European edition is sold by:
Michael Autengruber

and the US Edition through the Amazon network and their partners around the world:

https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Country-Awards-Medals-Liechtenstein/dp/1540767124/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490441694&sr=8-2&keywords=ruokonen

A kindle-edition is being on worked on, if and when it becomes available, a related link will be posted here.

 

Empire Under the Swans – Dusk

Corruption, greed and the lust for power lurk beneath the surface.

The old Emperor Erastion IV is dying and entrusts his loyal knight Fer with a critical mission. However, Fer’s glorious past has long ago given way to a present of boredom and drunkenness. Now the fate of the Empire rests on the shoulders of a reprobate..

My debut fantasy novel, 248 pages.

Available through the Amazon network as paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Under-Swans-Antti-Ruokonen/dp/153308131X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1520516285&sr=8-3&keywords=ruokonen

And eBook (kindle):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9TSCNM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520516285&sr=8-2&keywords=ruokonen

Also available on Adlibris:

https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/empire-under-the-swans-dusk-9781533081315