The powerful and moving story of three royal mothers whose
quest for power led to the downfall of their daughters.
Queen Isabella of Castile, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and
Queen Victoria of England were respected and admired rulers whose
legacies continue to be felt today. Their daughters-Catherine
of Aragon, Queen of England; Queen Marie Antoinette of France; and
Vicky, the Empress Frederick of Germany-are equally legendary for
the tragedies that befell them, their roles in history surpassed by
their triumphant mothers. In Triumph's Wake is the first book
to bring together the poignant stories of these mothers and
daughters in a single narrative.
Isabella of Castile forged a united Spain and presided over the
discovery of the New World, Maria Theresa defeated her male rivals
to claim the Imperial Crown, and Victoria presided over the British
Empire. But, because of their ambition and political machinations,
each mother pushed her daughter toward a marital alliance that
resulted in disaster. Catherine of Aragon was cruelly abandoned by
Henry VIII who cast her aside in search of a male heir and tore
England away from the Pope. Marie Antoinette lost her head on the
guillotine when France exploded into Revolution and the Reign of
Terror. Vicky died grief-stricken, horrified at her inability to
prevent her son, Kaiser Wilhelm, from setting Germany on a
belligerent trajectory that eventually led to war.
Exhaustively researched and utterly compelling, In Triumph's
Wake is the story of three unusually strong women and the
devastating consequences their decisions had on the lives of their
equally extraordinary daughters.