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

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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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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Born to rule: five reigning consorts, granddaughters of Queen Victoria

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Of Queen Victoria's numerous descendents, her five granddaughters ruled the royal roosts of many European countries for decades. While much has been written about the tragic, misunderstood Alexandra ... Read full review

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This may go down as one of my top five favorite books. I learned more from this book then in any history class I have ever taken. The author's account of Rasputin's infilitration into the Romanovs and the events that led to the tragic massacre of this remarkable family is particularly fascinating. Read full review

Contents

MORE MOTHER THAN GRANDMOTHER
3
MAD NEVER MIND
14
GANGAN
28
IN PURSUIT OF ALIX
38
MAUD COULD NOT HAVE DONE BETTER
60
TOO PAINFUL TO BEAR
75
Trials and Tribulations 19011914
91
SPLENDID ISOLATION
93
HOLD MY HAND THAT I MAY HAVE COURAGE
216
NEUTRAL NORTH AND SOUTH
226
BELEAGUERED AND BETRAYED
235
THE ABYSS
252
DEATH AT EKATERINBURG
260
MAMMA REGINA
272
Denouement 19201969
289
CAPITULATION AGAIN
291

EMBATTLED BUT NOT DEFEATED
102
THE FACADE CRUMBLES
114
DESTINY BECKONS
123
BAPTISM OF FIRE
138
NORWAYS ENGLISH QUEEN
145
REVOLUTIONARY FEVER
153
LA RE IN A HERMOSA
162
MAMMA HELP ME
173
BEFORE THE STORM
185
On the Throne DISASTER AND TRIUMPH 19141920
197
BALKAN CAULDRON
199
TOO SAD
305
I WOULD NEVER LEAVE ENGLAND
314
I THOUGHT I HAD DONE WELL
331
THE GOD WITHIN US
344
I BLESS YOU WITH MY LAST BREATH
354
FROM EXILE TO VIVA LA REINA
371
EPILOGUE
383
NOTES
387
BIBLIOGRAPHY
427
INDEX
441
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Julia Gelardi was born in Manila, Philippines, and educated in the United States and Canada. An independent historian and author, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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