Born to Rule

Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria

Julia P. Gelardi

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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. 

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“Engaging and lively...highly recommended.” ---Library Journal

 

“Solemn, sometimes frisky, but always captivating.” ---Kirkus Reviews

 

“A diligent researcher who gets her facts straight and documents them properly with footnotes...Born to Rule has much interest in it and can serve as an introduction to these four queens and an empress.” ---The Washington Times


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Julia P. Gelardi

Julia Gelardi was born in Manila, Philippines, and educated in the United States and Canada. An independent historian and author, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312324247
ISBN10: 0312324243
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 496 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$21.99

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429904551
ISBN10: 1429904550
480 pages
$9.99
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