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Childhood at Court 1819-1914
Childhood at court 1819-1914 John Van der Kiste Sutton (Stroud, UK), 2004 ISBN: 0750934379 This book examines the lives of princes and princesses during the Victorian and Edwardian era. The lonely formative years of Princess Victoria of Kent, later Queen Victoria, are covered in detail, and contrasted to the lively nursery days of her own nine children, and in turn of their children as well. Among the royal children we meet in these pages are P...
Crowns in a Changing World
Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European monarchies 1901-1936 John Van der Kiste Sutton, Stroud (UK), 2003 ISBN: 075093431X When Queen Victoria died in 1901, most European nations were monarchies, many of them linked by family ties to her and to her son King Edward VII, the 'uncle of Europe'. Before the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 the personal relationships of Edward VII and his son, King George V, with the other European royal a...
Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz
Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz: Queen Victoria's Eldest Daughter and the German Emperor John Van der Kiste Sutton (Stroud, UK), 2002 ISBN: 0750930527 Queen Victoria's eldest child, also named Victoria (1840-1901), married Prince Frederick William of Prussia (1831-88) in 1858. Though it had been an arranged match, both young people were very much in love, and on a personal level it would be one of the happiest of all royal marriages in 19th-century E...
Edward VII's Children
Edward VII's Children John Van der Kiste Sutton, Stroud (UK), 2004 ISBN: 0750934638 King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of England had six children. The youngest, Alexander, died twenty-four hours after birth, but the other two sons and all three daughters lived to maturity. The eldest, Albert Victor ('Eddy'), Duke of Clarence, was a backward (possibly autistic) youth, with many of his father's faults but none of his strength of personality. T...

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Emperor Francis Joseph
Emperor Francis Joseph: Life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire John Van der Kiste Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Glos. (UK), 2005 ISBN: 0750937874 Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, ascended the throne in December 1848 at the age of 18. He was a natural autocrat, but tempered absolutism with reform. During his reign of almost 68 years, the longest in modern European history, he presided over the introduction of general suffrage and ...
Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II
Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia (1875-1960) was the elder daughter of Tsarevich Alexander, later Tsar Alexander III, and brother of the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II. As such she was a first-hand witness to the events of the last years of the Romanov dynasty, from her brother's coronation and the fatalities at one of the celebrations, to their defeat in the Russo-Japanese war, and the Bolshevik revolution. Extracts from her diary, recording the tumultuous g...
Princess Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess Cyril of Russia
Princess Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess Cyril of Russia John Van der Kiste Sutton, Stroud (UK), 2003 ISBN: 0750934697 Princess Victoria Melita (1876-1936), nicknamed 'Ducky', was the second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son, amd Gramd Duchess Marie of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander II. She was the only member of the Queen's family to be born on Malta, hence her second name. In 1894 she was married to her cou...
The Romanovs 1818-1959
The Romanovs, 1818-1959 John Van der Kiste Sutton (Stroud, UK), 2004 ISBN: 075093459X This collective biography covers the lives and families of the last three Tsars of imperial Russia, from Alexander II (born in 1818), to the death of his youngest daughter Princess Catherine Yourievsky in 1959. Alexander II was by nature a liberal ruler, in whose reign the serfs were emancipated. However his reforming zeal was tempered by the conservatism of...
William and Mary
William and Mary John Van der Kiste Sutton, Stroud (UK), 2003 ISBN: 0750930489 William III and Mary II were the only joint reigning sovereigns in English history. They ascended the throne as a result of the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9 in England which deposed Mary's father, James II. When Mary was told as a girl of 15 that she was going to marry her cousin William from Holland, she is said to have wept for a day and a half. In November 1677,...


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