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Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria

Category: History
Author: Julia P. Gelardi
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Rating: 4.9 of 5 stars
Counts: 2570
Original Format: ebook, 480 pages
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Publisher: April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 19th 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 1429904550
ISBN13: 9781429904551
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Tags: Cultural   Biography   Adult   History   Non Fiction   European History   Biography Memoir   Literature   European Literature   20th Century   British Literature   Russia   Spain  
Original Title: Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria
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Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an historical tour de force that weaves together the powerful and moving stories of the five royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria. These five women were all married to reigning European monarchs during the early part of the 20th century, and it was their reaction to the First World War that shaped the fate of a continent and the future of the modern world.
Here are the stories of Alexandra, whose enduring love story, controversial faith in Rasputin, and tragic end have become the stuff of legend, Marie, the flamboyant and eccentric queen who battled her way through a life of intrigues and was also the mother of two Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania, Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, introduced hemophilia into her husband's family-with devastating consequences for her marriage, Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who was independent Norway's reluctant queen, and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's much maligned sister, daughter of an Emperor and herself the mother of no less than three kings and a queen, who ended her days in bitter exile.
Born to Rule evokes a world of luxury, wealth, and power in a bygone era, while also recounting the ordeals suffered by a unique group of royal women who at times faced poverty, exile, and death. Praised in their lifetimes for their legendary beauty, many of these women were also lauded-and reviled-for their political influence. Using never before published letters, memoirs, diplomatic documents, secondary sources, and interviews with descendents of the subjects, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an astonishing and memorable work of popular history.

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