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[BOK] Born to Rule

Born to Rule – Julia Gelardi

Den här boken hittade jag på en bokrea på Malta och tyckte att den verkade intressant. Den handlar om fem av drottning Victorias barnbarn, som alla blev drottningar i olika länder i Europa.

Det var mycket nytt och intressant jag lärde mig av den, bland annat redde den ut släktskap mellan olika europeiska kungligheter, som jag inte riktigt haft koll på innan. Dessutom beskrev den historiska händelser genom dessa fem drottningars ögon, med många citat från brev de skrivit. Jag måste erkänna att jag skummade de sista trettio sidorna, men trots detta var det faktiskt ganska lättsam läsning, det var sällan det blev segt.

”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.” (Adlibris)

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