Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi

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

byJulia P. Gelardi

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2007

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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.

Title:Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen VictoriaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2007Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1429904550

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing book! This book gave me so much interesting information about the life of Queen Victoria and her offspring.The story is mainly about her five grandaughters ,they were brought up in luxury but also suffered many hardships throughout their lives .
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad It was good. A little biased towards various queens and trying to keep track of them was difficult but it highlighted the conflict they were dealing with very well. It also managed to bring them back to England and Victoria which reminded you of who this story is about: Queen Victoria's granddaughters. I give it the lower mark because of the bias and the difficulty keeping track.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Could not put it down!! An well written book about an amazing group of women.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Look at 5 Extraordinary Women Well-written and researched, not only do we get a glimpse into the lives of these 5 women, but of European history in general. At times, the myriad names mentioned throughout can be a bit confusing.
Date published: 2008-01-22