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

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

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Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is the powerful epic story of five royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the end of their empires, the destruction of their families, and the tumult of the twentieth century

Here are the stories of Alexandra, whose 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.

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.

Title:Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312324247
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    Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria Reviews

  • Matt

    A prominent sub-theme that has become apparent during this biography binge would have to be the long reach of the English monarchy around Europe. It came up in a piece on George III's daughters, as we...

  • Emily Ann Meyer

    I enjoyed this book - it was a fascinating glimpse at the intertwined and separate lives of these five women.At times, however, I was disappointed at how much had been glossed over. Some of that, I gr...

  • Jeanette

    Incredible research and tracking for all the women in the title group. It's amazing how different and how in such varying cultures/cultural mores/ religion that these women lived and ended within. Mos...

  • Jessica

    Much more scholarly than I would have liked. One of the problems I had with this book is that the author approaches it almost with the assumption that the reader is going to be a 3rd year European his...

  • Lois is behind her reviews at least a month

    Eaay reading, iverly eurocentric view during world war bothered me. Otherwise viewpoint a bit monarchist....

  • Suzannah

    A quintuple biography of Victoria's five queenly granddaughters, this book was neither particularly well written not particularly scholarly, but did provide a helpful overview of all five lives. Here ...

  • Lolly's Library

    A wonderful overview of the five women who managed to somehow survive the tumultuous years when the modern era didn't just break down Victorian ideals and mores, but smashed them completely to bits. B...

  • Melissa

    I've been vascillating between a two-star and a three-star rating....I finally went with the three star just on the strength of the subject matter but the way it's laid out is confusing and the writin...

  • Linda Bridges

    This is the story of Victoria Eugenie (Spain), Marie (Romania), Sophie (Greece), Maud (Norway), and Alexandra (Russia) all granddaughters of Queen Victoria. I was torn between giving this one a two or...

  • Lendoxia

    I am usually not the one for non fiction (or even fictional) history books, but this one was awesome to read. Lots and lots of interesting detail, rich description of interpersonal relation among many...