Born to Rule

Born to Rule

Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria

Book - 2005 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312324230
0312324235
Branch Call Number: 940.28092 GEL
Characteristics: xxi, 457 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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MGallagher
Nov 02, 2013

This is a wonderful book which I enjoyed from beginning to end. Well written and well documented, it is a real treasure. I recommend to anybody. I have enjoyed all of Ms. Gelardi's books and I wish only that she writes many more.

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claire1953
May 06, 2011

Fans of royal biographers should delight in this interesting piece of historical drama. It captures the life and times of these five fascinating women by weaving their lives together and giving the reader an excellent overview of the late 19th and early to mid-twentieth century royal european families. It also provides very good insight into the demise of so many royal houses and clearly shows how the families who managed to exist are linked to the past and to the woman who started it all, Queen Victoria.

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