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1938 the flamboyant ueen of Romania whose affairs scandalised her peers but whose heroism saved her countryVictoria Eugenie 1887 1969 a very English ueen who returned to Britain after Franco took power in Spain and was the only cousin to live to see a second European warSophie 1870 1932 sister of the Kaiser was exiled from the Greek throne after the Firs A uintuple biography of Victoria's five ueenly granddaughters this book was neither particularly well written not particularly scholarly but did provide a helpful overview of all five lives Here we get to know Sophie of Greece the sister of Wilhelm II who hated his war but got blamed for it anyway and who had a front row seat to some of the worst Allied atrocities of WWI they so often get swept under the rug;Maud of Norway who together with her Danish husband only agreed to become the sovereigns of Norway after a democratic referendum which shocked their snobbish royal relatives and who used to go out and do her own shopping and whose husband was known as Mr King and who generally seems to have been rather chill and awesomeMarie of Romania a theatrical drama ueen who would not have been out of place in The Prisoner of Zenda Liked to get around dripping with Byzantine splendour and taking a series of lovers pig headedly insisted Romania get involved in WWI on the Allied side yet her A1 publicity skills made her adored by the people Would later write a lot of florid letters and autobiographies all of them fulsomely praising herself for her selfless activity and diplomatic acumen I may have taken an instant dislike to her purely on the basis of Gelardi's fangirlingAlexandra of Russia whom you will likely not learn anything new about here Shy awkward and thick as a brick Gelardi who constantly refers to these five women as ueen Victoria's VERY SPECIAL granddaughters wants you to know what a tragedy it was for Alix and Nicky to give their country a tiny grudging little bit of self government after 300 years of outrageous exploitation HumphEna Victoria of Spain who after being nearly blown up on their wedding day uietly put up with her husband's lotharing for decades until Spain threw them out upon which she kicked him out and lived to a fabulously fashionable old age and brokered her grandson Juan Carlos's return to the throne after Franco's deathAll of it is a fascinating glimpse into twentieth century history but I found Gelardi's pro royal bias a bit difficult to take From the things I know she glossed over I'm not sure how much of what she says can be trusted at all

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Born to Rule Five Reigning Consorts Granddaughters of Queen VictoriaT World WarMaud 1869 1938 daughter of Edward VII the reluctant ueen of NorwayJulia Gelardi's book is both an intimate portrait of the five cousins told through their own correspondence and papers and a remarkable evocation of the family dramas that created the backdrop to the unfolding political crisis of early 20th century Europe and the First World War I've been vascillating between a two star and a three star ratingI 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 writing style less than stellar every section of the book is cliff hangered with some form of shattering as in earth shattering or a life was shattered or peace was shattered etcWhile I liked the premise and each of the five women are amazing in their own right the book felt sloppy In the Dramatis Personae which I loathe in any non fiction book all the marriages of the next generation the five princesses children including second marriages etc are noted but not the marriage of King Olav V of Norway son of Maud of Wales nor are his children noted That's a big miss; Olav and his son Harald were heavily involved in the Allied effort during WWII the omission makes it seem like the Norweigan line died out nearly as soon as the dynasty started The reader could also have been helped by some maps of Europe at the time of the women's marriages and maps showing how the various wars and treaties changed boundaries another helpful footnote could have pointed out HRH Prince Philip's father was Prince Andrew brother of King Constantine of Greece who was forced to flee Greece when Philip was an infant there were only endnotes not footnotesGood subject matter keeps you interested but the execution was off

Julia P. Gelardi Ó Granddaughters of Queen Victoria READER

MOBI ñ DOC Born to Rule 9780755313914 ✓ BORN TO RULE tells the stories of five cousins who all grew up under the mantle of their grandmother ueen Victoria Alix Missy Ena Maud and Sophie were childhood friends who were to become the rulers of opposing nations as Europe descended into warAlexandra 1872 1918 the last Czarina of Russia whose fBORN TO RULE tells the stories of five cousins who all grew up under the mantle of their grandmother ueen Victoria Alix Missy Ena Maud and Sophie were childhood friends who were to become the rulers of opposing nations as Europe descended into warAlexandra 1872 1918 the last Czarina of Russia whose family's brutal murder is the stuff of legendMarie 1875 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 well as a biography of ueen Victoria a George III granddaughter and now with Julia Gelardi's piece on five granddaughters of ueen Victoria who rose to prominence as consorts in various kingdoms Gelardi offers a wonderful look into the lives of Princesses Alix Russia Maud Norway Sophie Greece Marie Romania and Ena Spain weaving together their personal lives with some of the historical goings on in the late 19th and early 20th centuries That these cousins were both so similar and vastly different is greatly apparent in this book which boasts an interconnected biography of each Below I will offer only a very brief snapshot in hopes of luring others into reading and discovering many details about these five women of monarchical prominence Gelardi's attention to detail and smooth narrative are not lost on the attentive reader Perfect for those who love history and how small nuances can cause revolutionary change in short order Alix Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice eventually Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna is likely the most well known of the Consort Five A feisty child and close to her grandmother Alix was soon won over by the eventual Tsar Nicholas II in 1894 As Gelardi notes Alix was reuired to convert to Orthodoxy in order to marry and eventually serve as Empress She did so with little fuss and never looked back Russia was a powerful entity in Europe and held much sway going into the 20th century Alix was able to make much headway with her Russian family and gave birth to five children the youngest Alexei who inherited the haemophilia gene It was around the time of Alexei's struggles that Alix sought the help of a peasant preacher the now infamous Rasputin Their connection while not sexual proved to open a tear in the marriage with Tsar Nicholas II As the people of Russia began uprisings the role of the Tsar and the Romanov Empire dwindled leaving Nicholas to stand down and dissolve his autocratic power Russia was in the middle of fighting the Great War a battle they were forced to leave to deal with the revolution in full swing at home In the spring of 1918 after having handed power over to the people Alix and her entire family were brutally assassinated As Gelardi writes perhaps one of the most gruesome and draw out political assassinations ever undertaken She made her mark though paid the ultimate price Marie Alexandra Victoria eventually ueen Marie of Romania was born in 1875 and played a powerful role as well An early love interest to England's Prince George eventually George V Marie had a life long affinity for the great monarch her cousin Marrying Ferdinand I of Romania in 1892 Marie helped support the kingdom by supporting her husband though their marriage was strained from the early stages While Marie did have six children Gelardi posits that at least one came from a lover though Ferdinand was by no means free from his own indiscretions Marie attempted to remain above the fray but did push for a strong Romania especially in territorial expansion at the turn of the 20th century when she sought the acuisition of Transylvania With the onset of the Great War Marie and Ferdinand had to make a choice about entering the fight and on whose side with the Balkan sentiment rooted in Russia but Marie having strong ties to her homeland and Kaiser Wilhelm II The winds of change also blew as revolution amongst the people grew and eventually the monarchs were forced to abdicate and flee Thankfully their lives were spared leaving the country in the hands of the next generation as Gelardi recounts in her narrative Sophia Dorothea Ulrica Alice eventually ueen Sophie of Greece was another German born princess whose early years were strongly influenced by her upbringing and her brother Kaiser Wilhelm II pushed for a strong support of her homeland When she married Constantine I of Greece the couple soon began their family which numbered six children After Constantine's father was assassinated they rose to the Throne and faced a similar struggle to that of Marie on which side to place their support during the Great War Eually troubling was the Greek people's revolutionary fervour as Gelardi emphasises which saw Constantine I abdicate and leave the country as Greece flirted with a republic Sophie fought hard to stand by her husband but also struggled with her nationalistic lineage which found her torn between Germany and England While Constantine was briefly welcomed back to Greece he was forced to leave again in 1922 never to return Sophie spent her latter years liaising with family in England and trying to bask in what glory remained at her disposal Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria eventually ueen Maud of Norway was the youngest daughter of Edward VII making her a sister of England's George V An intellectual child Maud eventually agreed to marry Prince Charles of Denmark her mother's country of birth and began a somewhat uiet life When Charles was asked to become King of Norway after the country sought independence from Sweden they rose to become King Haakon VII and ueen Maud of Norway Remaining far from the battlefields of the Great War Gelardi posits that Maud was likely the only consort who was never forced to entertain entering the war Watching the tumult around them Haakon and Maud interacted with their relations but were spared bloodshed and revolution throughout their time on the Norwegian Throne Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena eventually ueen Victoria Eugenie of Spain known as Ena to her family was the youngest and likely entered the consort fray much after her other cousins Content to remain at home Ena eventually caught the eye of King Alfonso XIII and agreed to marry him Unlike the reuired conversion that her cousin Alix underwent Ena's marriage reuired that she denounce her Protestant past and accept Catholicism Ena did so though received much criticism by the British and even her own family Marrying Alfonso came also with accepting his philandering ways though she sought to put this aside and reign as best she could Six children joined their family and they weathered the storm of the Great War without being reuired to send troops to the front lines Instead they sought to begin an imperial exploration of Africa With the revolutionary sentiments building across Europe Alfonso XIII left Spain without abdicating in 1931 for a life of exile Ena was left with her children to determine how Spain might see another generation return to reign Ena got her wish when her grandson King Juan Carlos I ascended at the end of Franco's fascist rule in 1975While only a snippet of the biographical information provided Gelardi presents the reader with much on which to ponder As noted briefly above there were two other cousins who played a particularly powerful role during these times George V of England and Wilhelm II of Germany That these seven of Victoria's grandchildren proved to be so prominent in 20th century politics is no small feat What might be interesting to the reader is that the various consorts and rulers mingled with such ease and regularity I admit that I am not up on my royal lineage or correspondence but one does not likely see that nowadays Still as Geraldi argues throughout the interconnectedness of the five female consorts shows both the strong parallels and obvious differences in their reigns throughout Europe That the continent was shaped in vastly different ways is not lost on the observant reader Gelardi said it best in this book “Maud of Norway Sophie of Greece Alexandra of Russia Marie of Romania and Victoria Eugenie of Spain may have been marked out by their illustrious positions and glittering marriages But it is ultimately their dignity devotion to duty strong sense of responsibility and steadfastness in the face of adversity that distinguishes them and makes their stories both compelling and timeless”Gelardi's brilliant piece offers readers a wonderful glimpse into the lives of these five women as well as the continent's vast array of political and social differences With a strong narrative that ushers the story forward Gelardi weaves together a strong biography of all five consorts using detailed research and history as her guide Each chapter is full of interesting tidbits and superimposes the lives of all five rather than offering individual glimpses Gelardi should be praised for this as it strengthens the argument of the connection these cousins had even if their lives differed greatly I found myself wanting to know and yet stunned at all that I did ascertain from this piece The perfect piece for me that offers a wonderful survey of Europe at the time which is bolstered with what little knowledge I have Geraldi is surely one historian to keep in mind when looking to expand one's horizons Kudos Madam Gelardi for such a wonderful biography I wish I had found this sooner in my journey though am now left to scramble to read about these women their lives and the other royals who influenced them at the time You are now on my permanent radar for biographical piecesLikehate the review? 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