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Born to Rue: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe
Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe Julia P. Gelardi St Martin's Press (2005) ISBN: 0312324235 This covers a century in the lives of five royal cousins, from the birth of the eldest in 1869 to the death of the youngest one hundred years later. The princesses, all very different in personality, became the wives of European Kings or Emperors as the continent was about to be torn apart by the Great War of 1914-18. Maud (186...
Born To Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria
The book chronicles the lives of five extraordinary granddaughters of England's Queen Victoria who each became queen of a nation. The rich historical details bring to life the childhoods, spectacular marriages, and subsequent reigns of Maud of Norway, Sophie of Greece, Marie of Roumania, Victoria Eugenie of Spain, and Alexandra of Russia. Queen Maud to her great surprise found herself the queen of a newly-independent nation and lived a happy and unc...