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Born to Rule - Julia P. Gelardi

Paperback Published: 7th February 2006
ISBN: 9780312324247
Number Of Pages: 457

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Julia Gelardi's "Born to Rule" is the powerful epic story of five royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the end of their empires, the destruction of their families, and the tumult of the twentieth century

Here are the stories of Alexandra, whose 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.

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.

Industry Reviews

"A roller coaster of human tragedy and spirited renewal." Jane Dunn, Bestselling Author of Elizabeth and Mary. "Engaging and lively, highly recommended." Library Journal "Solemn, sometimes frisky, but always captivating." Kirkus Reviews"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Dramatis Personaep. xi
Simplified Genealogical Tablep. xvi
Introductionp. xix
Sovereigns in the Making: The Formative Years (1869-1901)p. 1
More Mother Than Grandmotherp. 3
"Mad. Never Mind."p. 14
"Gangan"p. 28
In Pursuit of Alixp. 38
"Maud Could Not Have Done Better"p. 60
"Too Painful to Bear"p. 75
Trials and Tribulations (1901-1914)p. 91
Splendid Isolationp. 93
Embattled but Not Defeatedp. 102
The Facade Crumblesp. 114
Destiny Beckonsp. 123
Baptism of Firep. 138
Norway's English Queenp. 145
Revolutionary Feverp. 153
"La Reina Hermosa"p. 162
"Mamma, Help Me!"p. 173
Before the Stormp. 185
On the Throne: Disaster and Triumph (1914-1920)p. 197
Balkan Cauldronp. 199
"Hold My Hand That I May Have Courage"p. 216
Neutral North and Southp. 226
Beleaguered and Betrayedp. 235
The Abyssp. 252
Death at Ekaterinburgp. 260
"Mamma Regina"p. 272
Denouement (1920-1969)p. 289
Capitulation Againp. 291
"Too Sad"p. 305
"I Would Never Leave England"p. 314
"I Thought I Had Done Well"p. 331
"The God Within Us!"p. 344
"I Bless You with My Last Breath"p. 354
From Exile to "Viva la Reina!"p. 371
Epiloguep. 383
Notesp. 387
Bibliographyp. 427
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780312324247
ISBN-10: 0312324243
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 457
Published: 7th February 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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