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Title: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: felix on February 10, 2005, 09:45:31 AM
From 1888, has anyone ever heard of this book?  I just got it at an auction.  By Achibald Forbes.  Fake or fiction ? please let me know.thanks, F.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Teddy on January 25, 2006, 03:27:39 PM
Is there a good biography of the Kaiser, Wilhelm 2? Please, who can tell me?
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Post by: Prince_Lieven on January 25, 2006, 03:37:46 PM
John van der Kiste's one is not bad, if I remember correctly. I think it's called 'William II: Germany's Last Emperor' or something of the kind.
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Post by: Svetabel on January 26, 2006, 12:47:17 AM
I read "Wilhelm the Impetitious" by Jiles McDanaugh (if I am correct in his name). Quite good book.
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Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2006, 09:18:11 AM
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Is there a good biography of the Kaiser, Wilhelm 2? Please, who can tell me?
 



John Rohr's biography - not complete - he's written two massive volumes so far - is amazing.  So much access to material, that everything pales by comparison  - with on exception - the two volume bio by Lamar Cecil.
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Post by: grandduchessella on January 26, 2006, 09:28:11 AM
I read the Cecil ones. Sort of dry in narrative but lots of information. The Rohl book--at least the 1st volume--is VERY expensive. Try Interlibrary Loan if possible. The German version is available at a good price and the English version of the other Rohl books on Wilhem are available at reasonable prices.
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Post by: Agneschen on January 26, 2006, 10:16:44 AM
I managed to get the 2 Röhl books through the interlibrary loan - wonderful reading !!! I would really recommand them. I read them in German but they also can be found in english.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2006, 11:33:34 AM
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I read the Cecil ones. Sort of dry in narrative but lots of information. The Rohl book--at least the 1st volume--is VERY expensive. Try Interlibrary Loan if possible. The German version is available at a good price and the English version of the other Rohl books on Wilhem are available at reasonable prices.



the second volume is even more expensive
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Teddy on January 26, 2006, 01:36:11 PM
What are the prices, mrs. Koenig? :)
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Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2006, 02:25:44 PM
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What are the prices, mrs. Koenig? :)


The books are about in the $130-175 range
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Post by: Agneschen on February 01, 2006, 01:21:23 PM
I have just discovered that a new German bio about Vicky is to be published in March this year :
Kaiserin Friedrich - Victoria, eine Engländerin in Deutschland by Franz Herre (Hohenheim Verlag).

It can be pre-ordered on the german amazon. Cannot wait to read it !!!


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Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: julia.montague on February 01, 2006, 03:56:45 PM
Oh cool ;D
I think I will buy it ;D
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Post by: Svetabel on February 02, 2006, 12:45:33 AM
 :( Pity that book will be in only in German...
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Post by: carkuczyn on September 26, 2006, 04:53:31 PM
i have been looking for a good biogragraphy on kaiser wilhem II in either book or film documentary form without any success.  could it be true that no one cared to write or produce one?  any leads would be appreciated.  thankx in advance.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Tsarina_Liz on October 07, 2006, 01:24:45 PM
Try "The Last Kaiser" by Giles MacDonough.  I was thoroughly unimpressed with it because it focused more on politics and less on the subject that any respectable biography should.  There's also a series by Lamar Cecil that's supposed to be good. 
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: grandduchessella on October 07, 2006, 03:05:52 PM
The John Rohl series is about as in-depth as you can get. He's written 3 (?) volumes so far. The first deals with the Kaiser from birth to his becoming Emperor--and it's about 800+ pages alone. I don't know how far the 2nd goes. There is a 3rd book by Rohl but I'm not sure if it's solely on Wilhelm and his relationship with his government or the 3rd part. I've only gotten to read the first so far--they are very expensive so your library or inter-library loan is the way to go.

The books, Vols 1 & 2 in the series:

Young Wilhelm: Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888 ISBN: 0521497523

Wilhelm II the Kaisers Personal Monarchy, 1888-1900 ISBN: 0521819202
Book Description: Cambridge University Press. (1310 pages) The most detailed account ever written of the first half of Kaiser Wilhelm II's reign.Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was the last ruler of Imperial Germany and a key figure in German history as it followed its fatal course from Bismarck to Hitler. This book provides the most detailed account ever written of the first half of his reign.Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was a key figure in German history as it followed its fatal course from Bismarck to Hitler. This book provides the most detailed account ever written of the first half of his reign. It is concerned primarily with the question of who controlled Germany's powerful machinery of government, with how its domestic and foreign policy was decided upon, and with the question of the continuity - or inevitability - of German history from the foundation of the Second Reich by Bismarck to Hitler's Third Reich.Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) ruled Imperial Germany from his accession in 1888 to his enforced abdication in 1918 at the end of the First World War. This book, based on a wealth of previously unpublished archival material, provides the most detailed account ever written of the first half of his reign. Following on from John Röhl's definitive and highly acclaimed Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888 (1998), the volume demonstrates the monarch's dynastic arrogance and the wounding abuse he showered on his own people as, step by step, he built up his personal power. His thirst for glory, his overweening nationalism and militarism and his passion for the navy provided the impetus for a breathtaking long-term goal: the transformation of the German Reich into the foremost power in the world. Urgent warnings from all sides, both against the revival of a semi-absolute Personal Monarchy on the threshold to the twentieth century and against the challenge his goal of 'world power' implied for the existing World Powers Great Britain, France and Russia were brushed aside by the impetuous young ruler with his faithful military retinue and blindly devoted court favourites. Soon the predicted consequences - constitutional crisis at home and diplomatic isolation abroad - began to make their alarming appearance.Preface to the English edition; Preface to the German edition; 1. The accession; 2. The first state visits; 3. The Kaiser and his mother; 4. An ominous family quarrel; 5. The young Kaiser: a sketch drawn from nature; 6. First steps in foreign affairs; 7. The pillars of imperial power; 8. The domination of the Bismarcks; 9. The Bismarck crisis begins; 10. The Kaiser, the Chancellor and the Kartell; 11. Constitutional conflicts; 12. Bismarck's fall from power; 13. The haphazard transition: from the Bismarcks to the New Course; 14. In Bismarck's footsteps: the conduct of foreign policy under the New Course; 15. The dualism of power; 16. The fall of the Court Generals; 17. The School Bill crisis and the fragmentation of power; 18. Dynastic diplomacy; 19. The rude awakening; 20. The predictable disaster: Wilhelm II and the 'public soul' of Germany; 21. Caprivi's dismissal; 22. Head of the family; 23. The Kaiser and the 'Newest Course'; 24. An enemy of the people; 25. Wilhelm and world politics; 26. Great Britain and the spectre of encirclement; 27. Endgame: the breakthrough to decisive personal power; 28. Personal Monarchy: Wilhelm II at the summit of power; 29. The Kaiser, art and architecture; 30. The challenge: from continental policy to Weltpolitik; 31. The Kaiser and England; 32. Wilhelm and the birth of the German battle fleet; 33. 'Young Germany, your Kaiser ' or what was wrong with Wilhelm II?; List of archival sources; Select bibliography; Index.'. his scholarship is profound and beyond reproach. This biography of the last German Kaiser is a monument not only to its mercurial subject, but also to a highly distinctive academic career.' Times Literary Supplement'This biography is definitive by being exhaustive. . This is a wonderful example of scholarship.

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: grandduchessella on October 07, 2006, 03:06:30 PM
Kaiser and his Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany ISBN: 0521565049

Book Description: A personal and political analysis of the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II using new archival sources.This book analyses the extraordinary personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his anti-semitism, the nature of his rule, and the neo-absolutist culture of Berlin court society.Within a couple of decades of taking over from Bismark Kaiser Wilhelm II had led the German Reich into world war and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Using new archival sources, this book analyses the Kaiser and the nature of his rule. After providing an original character-sketch of the Kaiser, the book examines the Kaiser's friends and favourites, the neo-absolutist culture of the court and of Berlin court society, and the nature of his relationship with the court and with the administrative corps in Prussia and the Reich. A final chapter reveals for the first time the extent of the exiled Kaiser's anti-semitism.Kaiser Wilhelm II, Queen Victoria's eldest grandchild, took over the running of the powerful German Reich from Bismarck and within a couple of decades had led it into world war and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Why was there no one to help him steer a less disastrous course? This book analyses these crucial questions with the help of a wealth of new archival sources. The book begins with a character-sketch of the Kaiser which provides new and alarming insights into his personality. It then looks, crucially, at the Kaiser's friends and favourites, the neo-absolutist culture of the court and of Berlin court society, and at the nature of his relationship with the court on the one hand and with the administrative 'pyramid' in Prussia and the Reich on the other. The book makes clear that these bureaucrats and diplomats had neither the means nor the will to oppose the overwhelming determination of the Kaiser and his close friends and advisers in directing the policies of the most dynamic and volatile state in Europe. The dangerous consequences of this situation led to the brink of world war as early as December 1912. A final chapter reveals for the first time the appalling extent and nature of the exiled Kaiser's anti-semitism.Preface to the English edition; Introduction; 1. Kaiser Wilhelm II: a suitable case for treatment?; 2. Philipp Eulenburg, the Kaiser's best friend; 3. The Kaiser's court; 4. The 'kingship mechanism' in the Kaiserreich; 5. Higher civil servants in Wilhelmine Germany; 6. The splendour and impotence of the German diplomatic service; 7. Dress rehearsal in December: military decision-making on the eve of the First World War; 8. Kaiser Wilhelm II and German anti-semitism.'The Kaiser and his Court is solid and speculative; it is cautious and provocative. It is brilliant history.' Washington Times'. superbly researched and fluently written.' Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph'. cool, spare, scholarly. But for all that, John Röhl has written a startling, even sensational book . (his) brilliant study chillingly reveals Kaiser Wilhelm II as a grandparent of the great horrors of the twentieth century.' Peter Bradshaw, The Evening Standard

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: grandduchessella on October 07, 2006, 03:06:50 PM
Kaiser Wilhelm II: New Interpretations ISBN: 0521019907

Description: (333 pages) As assessment of the Kaiser's character and its implications on Imperial German history.This book contains the findings of a dozen historians who met in the Kaiser's palace on Corfu in 1979 to discuss the significance of Kaiser Wilhelm II's character, which had previously been virtually ignored by German historians. They examine his background, his role in decision-making and his relationship to the social and cultural values of his era.Kaiser Wilhelm II is one of the most fascinating figures in European history and yet he has been virtually ignored by German historians. Recently, the conviction has been growing, in Germany as well as America and Britain, that the huge advances made in the social and economic history of Imperial Germany must now be complemented by deeper research into the Kaiser's character. This book contains the findings of a dozen historians who met in the Kaiser's palace on Corfu in 1979.Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) is one of the most fascinating figures in European history. Inheriting the 'mightiest throne on earth' in 1888, he played a central part in fashioning the policies which culminated in the catastrophe of 1914-18, the collapse of the Reich, and his own abdication. To an extraordinary extent he was also representative of his epoch: brilliant, bizarre, aggressive, insecure. Yet German historians have virtually ignored him. They have written the history of the Kaiserreich without the Kaiser, of Wilhelminism without Wilhelm, leaving the field to the amateurs. Recently, the conviction has been growing, in Germany as well as in American and Great Britain, that the huge advances achieved in the social and economic history of Imperial Germany must now be complemented by deeper research into the Kaiser's character, his role in decision-making, and his relationship to the social and cultural values of his era. In September 1979, a dozen historians met in the Kaiser's palace on Corfu to discuss these questions: this book contains their findings.List of illustrations; Introduction John C. G. Röhl; 2. Kaiser Wilhelm II and his parents: an inquiry into the psychological roots of German policy towards England before the First World War Thomas A. Kohut; 3. History as family chronicle: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the dynastic roots of the Anglo-German antagonism Lamar Cecil; 4. The Kaiser and the British: the state visit to Windsor, November 1907 Jonathan Steinberg; 5. The Kaiser and German Weltpolitik: reflexions on Wilhelm II's place in the making of German foreign policy Paul Kennedy; 6. Kaiser Wilhelm II in the context of his military and naval entourage Wilhelm Deist; 7. Kaiser Wilhelm II and the 'Liebenberg Circle' Isabel V. Hull; 8. The decisive relationship: Kaiser Wilhelm II and Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow, 1900-1905 Kathy Lerman; 9. The Daily Telegraph affair and its aftermath: the Kaiser, Bülow and the Reichstag, 1908-1909 Terence F. Cole; 10. Images of Kaiserdom: German attitudes to Kaiser Wilhelm II Elisabeth Fehrenbach; 11. The Kaiser in his epoch: some reflections on Wilhelmine society, sexuality and culture Nicolaus Sombart; Index.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: NoirFemme on October 21, 2006, 02:17:40 AM
Does anyone know of any (English) books or websites on the Kaiser's army and navy? I'm particularly looking for descriptions and/or photos of the uniforms of the troops. Thanks!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Djedj on October 26, 2006, 06:12:37 PM
Bonsoir Noirfemme,

Here are a few reference links ; I'd start by the first two :

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If you want to see period photos of uniform, I'd suggest that dealer's website :
www.imperialgermanphotographs.de (http://www.imperialgermanphotographs.de)
There's EXCELLENT reference here.

This one is GREAT as well :
http://www.kaisersbunker.com/ (http://www.kaisersbunker.com/)
(scroll down to the "uniform" section)
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Those if you want to know more :

Lots of info about the Prussian army organization here (in German) :
http://www.preussenweb.de/preussstart.htm (http://www.preussenweb.de/preussstart.htm)

For vintage uniform plates (i.e. drawings in color), browse these :
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgtitle_tree.cfm?title_id=750385&level=2&tword= (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgtitle_tree.cfm?title_id=750385&level=2&tword=)

Excellent stuff here - but it's getting more technical ! :
http://www.pickelhauben.net/ (http://www.pickelhauben.net/)

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Last, if you're interested in Cavalry uniforms (hussars), I have a German Hussars page on my own website :
http://www.hussards-photos.com/ (http://www.hussards-photos.com/)

Should get you started  ;D
Bonsoir,
Jérôme
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Teddy on February 13, 2007, 03:09:24 PM
Dear members,

Who haves this book. Is this a coffee table book?

Die Hohenzollern in Lebensbilder, Peter Mast.

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Eurohistory on February 14, 2007, 08:31:57 PM
I found it dreadfully boring with photos one has seen many many times before.

Arturo Beéche
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: carl fraley on April 26, 2007, 07:22:31 PM
Ok I have been doing a lot of reading this last month or so and i was excited to put my hands on this book (before reading it) and after reading it i found a few little errors but not enough or more so than any other book , but what greatly bothered me was the way he portrayed Emperor Fredreich III as an idiot.  Anyone else read this book ?  Feel the same way?
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Post by: HerrKaiser on April 27, 2007, 05:59:51 AM
I have not read this book; I am currently reading King, Kaiser, Tsar.

but, it is very strange to portray Fritz as an idiot. He was quite the opposite. At minimum, QV and Vicky, both definitely capable of spotting idiots, adored him and considered him the great hope for the future of Europe, in many ways. Bisamarck and WII may have been unkind and demeaning about Fritz, but theirs was a political agenda having little to do with the realities of smarts, sensiblities, and character.

Now I have a bias about the author and the contents of the book! Try to read it anyway.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on April 27, 2007, 08:50:05 AM
I have the book as well but it has been some time since I last read it.  However, I do not think Mr. Aronson was unsympathetic to FIII at all.   On the contrary, I think he was quite objective. If there was any bias on Aronson's part, it was against WII, but even there he is pretty even-handed, I feel. I knew Aronson personally, and he often expressed great admiration for FIII & Vicky and what a loss he was because of his untimely death.  As for Wilhelm II, the book was published in 1971, long before the trend to re-evaluate and perhaps rehabilitate him began.
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Post by: carl fraley on April 28, 2007, 02:25:36 PM
Without finding the exact passage, i know that he referred to him as a fool atleast 2 times, I was just shocked b/c i have never seen Fritz referred to as such.

Also there was one part of the book i had never read before either, it wasn't in the Empress Fred..... letters, nor in Uncomman woman by Pakula, but Aronson stated that right before Fritz's death, Vicky appeared before Bismark with a Signed and Sealed order demaning bismark to turn over to Vicky, a huge portion of Wilhelm's estate that very day as well as the younger 3 girls dowry's too.  I had never heard it told that way, it makes me admire Vicky even more.


I Also agree with the statement that Fritz's death was Tragic, and how germany might have been different we'll never know, and Vicky is one of my favorites of all time, I find her life to be one of the biggest mistakes and wastes of Germany in the last 300 years.  It was truly Germany's loss.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on April 28, 2007, 03:10:54 PM
I have taken the book down and started to re-read it. Have not found anything as yet either. However, I know for a fact that Theo admired FIII BTW, what edition do you have? Mine is just THE KAISERS [no 3]
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Post by: Greenowl on April 28, 2007, 04:43:28 PM
I have never read the book myself (unfortunately) but I was just wondering in what context Friedrich III was referred to a "a fool"....I find it difficult to imagine how anyone could describe him in those terms as he was indeed (at least in my humble opinion) a great loss to Germany. Thus I would be curious to know that background to the rather surprising statement.

Thanks in advance!
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Post by: carl fraley on April 28, 2007, 05:44:58 PM
I have already returned my copy that i read, ( got it through interlibrary loan), So i can't find the exact page but I know i read it.  I wasn't making any personal comments on Mr. Aronson, i guess what i was trying to say and if i misled the statement i'm sorry, i was just stating that I was shocked b/c i had never seen any negative statements against FIII.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on April 28, 2007, 07:10:52 PM
No need to worry about it. I shall find the quotes- eventually and I think we will find that Aronson was quoting someone else. He was never judgemental of his subjects- even the ones he truly did not care for!
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Post by: grandduchessella on April 28, 2007, 08:20:47 PM
He could've remarked on a foolish decision FIII made (many considered his loyalty, completely unrepaid, to his father when there was a chance to force WI into keeping his threat to abdicate back in the 1860s/1870s to be such a decision) rather than considering FIII himself a fool. No one is perfect and there's no doubt that FIII and Vicky both made some bad decisions along the way.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on April 28, 2007, 08:25:55 PM
Yes, especially when it came to child-rearing it would seem. But then, we all make mistakes along the way...
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Post by: Greenowl on April 30, 2007, 03:58:44 AM
That is an interesting point! Where did they go wrong or how come they made such a mess of rearing their eldest son? Mind you, I think that unfortunately some children can be difficult, irrespective of what the parents do or don't do and I also think young Willy spent a great deal of time with his grandfather, Wilhelm I, although I stand open to correction on that one.
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Post by: grandduchessella on April 30, 2007, 07:49:27 AM
Part of the problem was they didn't rear their eldest son. Much of his upbringing was dictated by Wilhelm I and those around him. Similarly with Charlotte and Henry. Wilhelm and Augusta had done a good job with Fritz's upbringing but the climate and their position was different by the time it came to Willy's schooling.
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Post by: Greenowl on April 30, 2007, 08:31:38 AM
Thanks Grandduchessella! I though that Wilhelm I had a large say in the education of his grandson, but I was not sure. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I know it was galling for Vicky to see how her eldest son developed (I think she mentioned it in letters to her mother), but did Fritz ever comment on it?
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Post by: HerrKaiser on April 30, 2007, 09:27:22 AM
I think that in William's early years, Fritz and Vicky were able to have their way in his education, for example, the school in Kassel he attended with Henry for three years. But, that influence seems to have been short -ived. At 18, William got way ahead of himself in terms of self import, due in large part to the attention his grandfather gave him and the fact that his grandfather seems to have taken the reins of control out of the hands of Fritz and Vicky. Vicky probably made a tactical error in begging QV to aware William the Order of Garter when he was only 18 and not a sovereign (or immediate heir) but I think Vicky may have thought this would have endeared William to her, but it seems to have added to his own sense of false superiority.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Robert_Hall on April 30, 2007, 03:29:04 PM
I have been going through the book carefully and have not yet found any negative assessment of FIII .  However, I leave for England  at the end of the week and may not get all the way through! Theo is a wonderful narrative historian and I am enjoying re-reading The Kaisers. I suggest anyone interested in the Hohenzollerns at least give it a go... and if anyone finds the "foolish" citations, please direct me to them.
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Post by: Alixz on May 10, 2007, 01:54:33 PM
I have the 1971 Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. edition and it is called The Kaisers.

I read it some time ago, but I will try to find any "foolish" criticism by the author.  But I agree with Robert that Theo Aronson is one of the best narrative biographers and historians.  I always find his books informative and a pleasure to read.

I have four of his books and would like to have more.  But I like to try to get the original printings and so can not always afford them.  For example A Family of Kings.  I have a reprint, but dearly love to get an original but the are usually only found in Denmark and/or South Africa and can cost over $100 US.
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Post by: TheAce1918 on May 19, 2007, 10:20:36 PM
I remember reading a book on the 1st World War (Europe's Last Summer...I think.) And the author mentioned that some of the best work to examine in regards to European politics, leaders, and policies/events from 1800-2000, are generally any book written in the post-Fritz era, that being the historian-author Fritz.

But I think you guys have convinced me enough to check out this book.  It does seem interesting despite its age.   :)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Robert_Hall on May 20, 2007, 01:31:30 AM
I left for England before finishing my re-read, but I did get about 90% through it. I found no negative comments about FII.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: NoirFemme on June 25, 2007, 03:09:26 PM
Thank you very much!  ;)
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Post by: tecklenburg on June 09, 2008, 05:58:57 AM
Here is a list of german princes who served in imperial navy

SKH Heinrich Prinz von Preussen 1862-1929 Grossadmiral
SKH Waldemar Prinz von Preussen  1889-1945
SKH Sigsimund Prinz von Preussen 1896-1978
SKH Adalbert Prinz von Preussen 1884-1948
SD Franz Joseph Prinz von Hohenzollern 1891-1964

SH Friedrich-Wilhelm Herzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1871-1897)
SD Christian Prinz von Hessen-Philippsthal (1887-1971)
SD Heinrich XXVI Prinz Reuss j.L., Graf von Plauen (1857-1913)
SD Heinrich XXXII Prinz Reuss j.L. (1878-1935)
SD Heinrich XXXVII Prinz Reuss j.L. (1888-1964)
SD Hugo Prinz von Schwarzburg-Sondershausen,Korvette Kapitän (1839-1871)
SD Albrecht Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe (1900-1984)
SE Oskar Graf von Platen-Hallermund (1865-1957), Yacht Hohenzollern

As you can notice, they were generally the 3rd sons of their families, distants relatives

Don't hesitate, correct this list if there is a mistake, or add some I forgot
I found these infos on the site gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: stacey simmons on June 16, 2008, 11:09:45 PM
i have look for this book for 3 years.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: halen on June 17, 2008, 09:00:02 AM
This may help you out.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0904387771/ref=sr_1_olp_50?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213711135&sr=1-50

Louise
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Post by: Adagietto on June 17, 2008, 02:55:19 PM
Thank you, that's interesting. Among the main branch of the Hohenzollerns, only Heinrich and his sons, and Adalbert; did none of the grandsons of the Kaiser ever serve in the navy?

Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern must presumably have been a fairly distant relation of the Kaiser. He served in S.M.S Emden and wrote a book about the remarkable adventures of the men of that ship has been translated in to English (Emden : My Experiences in S.M.S. Emden — London: Herbert Jenkins, 1928 ). Those who survived from the ship were allowed to add -Emden to their name, so he ended up as Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern-Emden! He married one of the daughters of the last King of Saxony (Alix).
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Post by: tecklenburg on June 19, 2008, 02:03:46 PM
Ohh thanks ! what a story  :) woowww

About the grandsons of HM I don't know if some of them served in navy. Maybe Adalbert's son Wilhelm Viktor ?
I'd like to know it too
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on June 27, 2009, 03:05:07 PM
I have read two memoirs
1. by Prince Louis Ferdinand, his memoirs "The Rebel Prince"
2. by Princess Victoria Louise, her memoirs (in english), "the Kaiser's daughter"

both pretty good.

You can find them at Amazon.com

 
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: imperatrice on October 08, 2009, 12:09:48 AM

I'm looking for a book on crown princess cecilie in english    not radzwill

thanks in advance
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joerookery on October 12, 2009, 07:36:26 AM
This is a selfish plug for a resource that you might find interesting.  While the book might be of great interest,  Chapter 2 in particular has a great deal of information and pictures from postcards of Imperial German royalty. I will put this in three different discussion areas as the areas and royal families are diverse.
They have started selling this book rather rapidly even though amazingly, we just received our copy! A number of people have been very kind in their words awaiting this release. You can buy it for $25 from the publisher online. They have a printer in England which should help the postage costs somewhat. So I guess if you order from Europe they have told me they would print it in England. If you buy it from the online retailers it will cost $30.

 http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=60521

The purpose of this book is to provide a one-volume resource for collectors and historians with an Imperial German army interest. The more we researched, the more we found there were more stories, myths and misunderstandings about Imperial Germany than there were facts. Different authors addressed different aspects: collectors, historians and educators all had their own area of expertise, but there was no readily available resource to give a general overview of Imperial Germany. Though it is convenient to call it "Germany," at the start of the First World War, there was still no united Germany, no German army, and no German officer corps. At 333 pages with 183 pictures and over 670 footnotes, this is an attempt to explain the intricacies of how the country worked -- militarily, politically and socially.

If you order it online: When you get to step three the requirement for your e-mail address is buried in the middle of the form. If you do not put in an e-mail address it will hang up. Janet and I are just shaking our heads, figuring that the review copies, and the general public will have theirs before we get ours!
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Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Alejandro Spain on February 10, 2010, 01:32:41 AM
I would like to read about Empress Victoria and Empress Victoria Augusta. Any help please?

Regards and thanks! :)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Svetabel on February 10, 2010, 02:56:04 AM
I would like to read about Empress Victoria and Empress Victoria Augusta. Any help please?

Regards and thanks! :)

IMO The best bio on Empress Victroria aka Empress Friedrich is Uncommon Woman by Hannah Pakula.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on March 16, 2010, 07:55:14 PM
Has anyone read "Bilder der Kaiserzeit" by Princess Viktoria Luise? is it a photo album or just a reading book? thanks.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Learning on March 17, 2010, 01:05:06 PM
Friedrich Wilhelm Prinz von Preußen wrote a book entitled "Das Haus Hohenzollern 1918-1945." Has anyone read it? Is it worth buying? Is there an English translation? Thanks!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marlene on March 17, 2010, 08:51:07 PM
It is a family history - I read it ... No English translation.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: kmerov on April 17, 2010, 06:29:49 PM
I would like to read about Empress Victoria and Empress Victoria Augusta. Any help please?

Regards and thanks! :)

IMO The best bio on Empress Victroria aka Empress Friedrich is Uncommon Woman by Hannah Pakula.
It is a well reseached book (600 + pages), but I do feel that it was over the top in its dealing with Bismarck and the rise of Germany. Sometimes I felt I was reading "Uncommon Man", a bio on Bismarck, but that is of course a matter of taste.

Another book I remember is "The other Victoria", but its many years ago, so I can't remember how "good" it was.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Svetabel on April 18, 2010, 01:43:42 AM
I would like to read about Empress Victoria and Empress Victoria Augusta. Any help please?

Regards and thanks! :)

IMO The best bio on Empress Victroria aka Empress Friedrich is Uncommon Woman by Hannah Pakula.
It is a well reseached book (600 + pages), but I do feel that it was over the top in its dealing with Bismarck and the rise of Germany. Sometimes I felt I was reading "Uncommon Man", a bio on Bismarck, but that is of course a matter of taste.



Yes, I also have a feeling that the book is too much on Bismarck, but I think it's a right way of bio on Victoria anyway as her life, rises and downs were inseparable from that period of German history. And Bismarck was a key-figure in that period.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: kmerov on April 18, 2010, 10:33:18 AM
Yes, you are right, but I just wished it dealt some more with other aspects of her life, which I felt were not covered enough.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Rani on June 10, 2010, 11:39:43 AM

Is this book good from Paul Sethe (1937): Europäische Fürstenhöfe - damals - Berlin/Wien?

From the index:
Princess Viktoria and Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
Franz Joseph and Elisabeth
Franz Ferdinand and Sophie


Thanks!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on September 19, 2011, 11:50:44 AM
In october, there will be a new photo book of the Hohenzolllern-Sigmaringens:

Das Fürstliche Haus Hohenzollern: Private Einblicke in die Fotoalben

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The book will be in german and english

ISBN-10: 3839212227
ISBN-13: 978-3839212226


Link: http://www.amazon.de/Das-F%C3%BCrstliche-Haus-Hohenzollern-Einblicke/dp/3839212227/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1VDUJFM5ZBJ0V&colid=3A6MPUNPO8JRM
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Rani on September 19, 2011, 12:01:03 PM
OMG I´m almost fainting :D
Great! Thanks for the link MV!!

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Laura_ on September 20, 2011, 05:24:35 AM
a preview of this photo-album: http://buchhandlung-rabe.de/attachments/article/196/Fotoalbum%20Hohenzollern%20-%20Bildschirmansicht.pdf

http://buchhandlung-rabe.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=196:die-hohenzollern-im-bild&catid=28:regionalliteratur&Itemid=72
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Rani on October 08, 2011, 06:16:18 AM
Monday I get now the book and I hope there are Luisa & Frriedrich pics :)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on October 10, 2011, 09:44:12 AM
I've got the book "Das Fürstliche Haus Hohenzollern: Private Einblicke in die Fotoalben" today.

Many photos are new and unseen to me.

Some rare pics of Queen Stephanie of Portugal and also of Maria Teresa of Naples-Sicily ("Mädi") and my beloved Fürstin Antonia of Portugal.
Also a stunning pic of Sisi's niece and Sophie of Alencon's daughter Louise with her long hair open (Her hair never seemed soo long.. Her hair gets over her knees!)

There are minimal mistakes in the text: A picture shows Gisela of Austria with her daughter, but the description says it is Gisela with her sister Marie Valerie.
Another error: Viktoria of Prussia ("Moretta") is labelled as Crown Princess of Prussia, I think she was mixed up with her mother Vicky.



But besides this little mistakes, it is a wonderful book.
I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Rani on October 10, 2011, 10:35:00 AM
I was a little bit disappointed, just 3-4 pics of Friedrich Eugen and no one of Luisa.
@MV: the authors say that we can see Josephine and Carl von Hohenzollern-Namedy on the picture on page 82. But I think it´s Eugen and Luisa. What do you think?
And on page 105 I don´t find the Empress Auguste Viktoria, or am I blind?

But it´s a very wondeful book with many unseen photos, like Marie said. Recommendable!!
And I´m now a fan of Maria Theresia, Mathildes daughter.

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on October 10, 2011, 12:51:13 PM
I was a little bit disappointed, just 3-4 pics of Friedrich Eugen and no one of Luisa.
@MV: the authors say that we can see Josephine and Carl von Hohenzollern-Namedy on the picture on page 82. But I think it´s Eugen and Luisa. What do you think?
And on page 105 I don´t find the Empress Auguste Viktoria, or am I blind?

But it´s a very wondeful book with many unseen photos, like Marie said. Recommendable!!
And I´m now a fan of Maria Theresia, Mathildes daughter.




I just took a look again...
And I think you're right, the couple is Luisa and Friedrich Eugen. They are not Josephine and Carl von Hohenzollern-Namedy.
I don't see Auguste Viktoria also, she is not on the picture.

One of my fave pics is on page 99 Fürstin Antonia as "Schäferin", in the text is mentioned that she took a little white sheep with her to the costume party!
Soooo cute!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Rani on October 12, 2011, 11:42:31 AM
Thanks MV! The lady on the photo is small and fragile like Luisa, and Josephine was the opposite. At least one photo of Luisa :)

Antonia looks stunning on this photo.
One of my favourite photos is on site 96 with Marie and her SILs & Marie zu Wied.

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Svetabel on October 30, 2011, 11:44:18 PM
Good photoalbum. But there are mistakes with dates, as always with any album)). I am much impressed with the photo of Louise D'Alencon - unbelievable hair!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: grandduchessella on March 18, 2014, 04:35:53 PM
John van der Kiste is working on a book (it's almost due to be sent to the publisher) on the 3 youngest of the daughters of Empress Frederick & Friedrich III--Victoria, Sophie and Margaret. It started off as a potential ebook ala his one on Charlotte & Feodore but grew and now will be published in print form. Can't wait! He has a Facebook page for anyone who wants to 'like' it and follow it for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/JohnVanderKisteAuthor
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on March 21, 2014, 10:27:08 AM
That's great news grandduchessella.

It's a shame that no german author wrote about the three sisters yet.

I hope for more infos about Mossy.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on June 20, 2014, 11:53:53 AM
(https://scontent-b-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/10368867_833136636697053_5711556814196545744_o.jpg)

This book cover for "The prussian princesses" was posted on Fonthill Media Facebook.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on June 21, 2014, 11:58:44 AM
(http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b284/realSandyV/566189_7413397l5bd5a733bfn81h_C_402x570_zps06dea015.jpg)

Close up
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: grandduchessella on June 21, 2014, 04:24:50 PM
Cannot wait! :)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on September 06, 2014, 01:21:34 PM
(http://bilder.buecher.de/produkte/41/41150/41150593n.jpg)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Maria Sisi on September 06, 2014, 06:22:33 PM
The cover looks like an ad for a soap opera! But considering how their lives played out one might consider it appropriate.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on December 21, 2015, 09:35:45 AM
Some new books about the Hohenzollern:

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A bio about Kaiser Wilhelm I.

http://www.amazon.de/dp/3813209644/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3A6MPUNPO8JRM&coliid=I1Y5YJ6LVF3CRF


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qWhoc2R7L._SX294_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
Bios of the Hohenzollern women, from Luise Henriette to Hermine

http://www.amazon.de/dp/3351035977/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3A6MPUNPO8JRM&coliid=I33X6PSKQNON45


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yCZzSkg-L.jpg)
A bio about the mother of Frederick the Great

http://www.amazon.de/dp/3492305415/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3A6MPUNPO8JRM&coliid=IZWPJBO9JKAV5


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Exhibition catalogue of "Women's thing"

http://www.amazon.de/dp/3954981424/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3A6MPUNPO8JRM&coliid=I2FUNW4ELGTCC2
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on December 29, 2015, 03:19:40 PM
Finally: Next year a book about Kaiser Wilhelms II. siblings will be published in german

(https://media.buchhandel.de/cover/9783791727509/9783791727509-cover-m.jpg)

Wilhelm II. und seine Geschwister von Barbara Beck
Pustet, F,
01.03.2016
24,95 €


Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Royal Bloodline Descent on May 17, 2016, 01:51:06 PM
Finally: Next year a book about Kaiser Wilhelms II. siblings will be published in german

(https://media.buchhandel.de/cover/9783791727509/9783791727509-cover-m.jpg)

Wilhelm II. und seine Geschwister von Barbara Beck
Pustet, F,
01.03.2016
24,95 €

Look forward to reading the book on Wilhelm 11 and for those of who may be interested in the royal bloodline of Wilhelm 11, more information is available at Royal Bloodline Descent  pages

Royal Bloodline Descent     on Facebook

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joellegirl on June 25, 2016, 02:01:00 PM
Any chance
Wilhelm II. und seine Geschwister
by Barbara Beck  will be published in English?
I wish more of these books were available in English!
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joellegirl on July 25, 2016, 03:29:13 PM
Does anyone know if this book is a photo book or not?
Just came out in May.

"Kaiser Wilhelm II. und seine Zeit"

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3795431042/ref=pe_2444441_142536691_em_ti
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on August 11, 2016, 09:25:08 AM
It's a text book.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Marie Valerie on August 11, 2016, 09:27:07 AM
Has anyone read the book of Luise Sophie, Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, "Behind the Scenes at the Prussian Court" ?

It is on my wish list, but I'm not sure to buy it...
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Svetabel on August 11, 2016, 03:03:53 PM
Has anyone read the book of Luise Sophie, Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, "Behind the Scenes at the Prussian Court" ?

It is on my wish list, but I'm not sure to buy it...

Interesting book but full of grievances on Kaiser Wilhelm II whom Luise Sophie considered a foolish tyrant. She blames Kaiser in all her problems and all problems of her family...sometimes her text sounds like she was a martyr...But the book is worth to read anyway.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 12, 2016, 08:28:23 PM
"The First World War Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 Holger H Herwig a good book on Germany and Austria-Hungary and how they lost WW I
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joellegirl on September 09, 2016, 08:56:25 PM
I read on another board about a book called something like "Forty Years In Service of The Kaiserin" by Countess Keller, but I can't find that book anywhere online. Only mentions of it.  Anyone ever hear of it?Does it go by a different name? I have the 3 volume "Private Lives of Kaiser Wilhelm and His Consort" from 1909, it is not that book is it? I'm thinking it is  a different book but having no luck in my search.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Gabriella on September 10, 2016, 04:16:38 AM
The german title of the book is "Vierzig Jahre im Dienst der Kaiserin". The authoress is Mathilde Gräfin von Keller. It is available by amazon.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joellegirl on September 10, 2016, 10:53:33 AM
Thanks! Is there an English version by any chance? I will start looking...
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Kalafrana on September 10, 2016, 12:25:07 PM
Luise Sophie's book is indeed both very interesting and full of grievances. Worth a read, but don't take her opinions too seriously.

Ann
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: joellegirl on September 20, 2016, 04:52:44 PM
How does one find Wilhelm's book "Memories of Corfu"? written in 1924? I see it mentioned in several books but it does not exist anywhere online. Is it under another name, or  only a few copies published? I found My Early Life and his Memoirs easily, but his book on Corfu is impossible to find so far, at least under that name.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 22, 2018, 10:00:38 PM
21 march 2018 is the centennial of the beginning of the Kaiserschalacht (Emperor's battle AKA Operation Michael. The first of the great 1918 German offensives that was supposed to win the war for Germany.

On the Great war forum 1914-1918invisionzone.com Western front section there is a post:

Kaiserschalacht-Twitter

@KaisersBattle
@RFC19181
@CrownPrince Rupp

if you want to follow the events of these offensive the last twitter @CrownPrinceRupp is by the author of the Book "Haig's Enemy"  a bio of the Bavarian Crown Prince who was one of the leading German Generals on the Western front
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on May 09, 2018, 03:58:57 PM
In the @KaisersBattle mentioned above on a 13 April posting there is a film Bilder Aus Der groben Schalacht 2 Teil which is on youtube on the Kaiserheer in what looks like Operation Michael. Note one artillery piece being towed by cattle because the German army was short of horses they used cattle or oxen to sometimes tow their artillery. Also note the torn up landscape
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 05, 2018, 07:32:52 PM
The US WW I museum and Memorial has a new presentation that have come out recently this year that deal with the Hohenzollerns:
"The German Army and the Kaiser's Abdication" deals with the actions of some German army officers and units that helped persuade Kaiser Wilhelm II to abdicate

Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 10, 2018, 10:04:52 PM
errata for the above presentation: it mentions the Dutch King when the Netherlands was ruled by Queen Wilhelmina at the time. The presenter of this also has presentations on the luddendorf offensives and Total war comes to the Fatherland on the German home front in WW I. Which also help explain the german collapse in 1918.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: Diotima on December 12, 2018, 09:04:33 AM
From my book shelves (mostly in German, sorry, but it might help German speakers/readers around here...):

[urlhttps://www.amazon.de/K%C3%B6nigin-Luise-Friedrich-Wilhelm-III/dp/3499226154/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625090&sr=8-13&keywords=dagmar+von+gersdorff]Dagmar von Gersdorff, Königin Luise und Friedrich Wilhelm III.: Eine Liebe in Preußen[/url]´

Not very in-depth but an interesting look at the marriage of Queen Luise and King Friedrich Wilhelm III. They were happy in spite of her health problems and the political upheavals of the times - and in spite of her enthusiam for the Russian Czar.


Heinz Ohff, Ein Stern in Wetterwolken: Königin Luise von Preußen. Eine Biographie (https://www.amazon.de/Ein-Stern-Wetterwolken-Preu%C3%9Fen-Biographie/dp/3492215483/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625276&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=k%C3%B6nigin+luise+stern+in+wolken)

This must have been my first book about any royal - I bought it many years ago. It's probably not up to date and not very critical but it gives a good view of the Prussian court, Luise's life and character and the time of the Napoleon wars.


Günther de Bruyn, Preußens Luise: Vom Entstehen und Vergehen einer Legende (https://www.amazon.de/Preu%C3%9Fens-Luise-Entstehen-Vergehen-Legende/dp/3442732328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625675&sr=8-1&keywords=k%C3%B6nigin+luise+de+bruyn)

Now this is very interesting. Queen Luise was turned into a legend, and generations of girls revered her. She became the Prussian Madonna who struggled against the demon Napoleon, a symbol of nationalism in front of whose sarcophagus her son kneeled before fighting against France and uniting Germany. This legend underwent all kind of changes over the years. Today, she is mostly rememberd as one of the pretty princesses in Schadow's famous Princess Group sculpture.

I like the way the author followed Luise's myth and reputation through the recent history of Germany.


Karin Feuerstein-Prasser writes a lot about royal women but I have read only two of her books:

Die preußischen Königinnen (https://www.amazon.de/Die-preu%C3%9Fischen-K%C3%B6niginnen-Karin-Feuerstein-Pra%C3%9Fer/dp/3492252958/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625860&sr=8-10&keywords=karin+feuerstein-pra%C3%9Fer)

Die deutschen Kaiserinnen  (https://www.amazon.de/Die-deutschen-Kaiserinnen-Karin-Feuerstein-Pra%C3%9Fer/dp/3492252966/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625860&sr=8-13&keywords=karin+feuerstein-pra%C3%9Fer)

I like the idea of showing the seven queens and then the three empresses in sequence - times change and so do the ladies "at the top". The empresses interest me most, and the tragic way in which they don't get along. It's really weird since Empress Augusta valued Queen Victoria's friendship - and yet didn't appreciate her daughter/daughter in law. And the Vicky-Dona-tragedy is really horrible.

The books don't portray the persons in depth and they're not written according to strict professional standards but if you want to get a first overview, they're decent enough. (It seems the author is doing for the Prussians what Thea Leitner did for the Habsburg women...)


Andrew Sinclair, Victoria - Kaiserin für 99 Tage (https://www.amazon.de/Victoria-Kaiserin-f%C3%BCr-99-Tage/dp/3404610865/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544625940&sr=8-1&keywords=andrew+sinclair+victoria)

Not as good as Pakula, but like Pakula focused strongly on Empress Victoria's troubles with Bismarck... and there is quite a bit about the unfortunate Moretta-Sandro romance.


The best of all my books is without a doubt this one:

Frank Lorenz-Müller, Der 99-Tage-Kaiser: Friedrich III. von Preußen - Prinz, Monarch, Mythos (https://www.amazon.de/99-Tage-Kaiser-Friedrich-Preu%C3%9Fen-Monarch-Mythos/dp/3827500176/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544626240&sr=8-1&keywords=kaiser+friedrich)´

I love Fritz and Vicky, and this book really shows what a tragedy his life and death were. (I think this book is available in English, too.)


Then there is a wonderful catalogue that i bought in Coburg after I visited an exhibition about the Coburg family and its ties to England:

W. Rogasch, Victoria & Albert, Vicky & The Kaiser: Vicky and the Kaiser  (https://www.amazon.de/Victoria-Albert-Vicky-Kaiser/dp/3775706364/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544626678&sr=1-2-fkmr1&keywords=fritz+vicky+kaiser)

Lots of pictures, not only the well-known family pics but also photos of things that belonged to the family, and interesting essays. I keep returning to this book, it's lovely.


When I was in Berlin, I bought a litte catalogue about the Empress Frederick:

Auf den Spuren der Kronprinzessin Viktoria,  (https://www.tib.eu/de/suchen/id/TIBKAT%3A335208479/Auf-den-Spuren-von-Kronprinzessin-Victoria-Kaiserin/)

about her time as crown princess, with some lovely pictures of her own paintings, but also the lovely Angeli portraits.


And in the library, I found Karina Urbach's highly interesting Royal Kinship. Anglo-German Family Networks 1815-1918 (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen, Band 4) (https://www.amazon.de/Kinship-Anglo-German-Networks-1815-1918-Prinz-Albert-Forschungen/dp/3598230036/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544626685&sr=8-1&keywords=karina+urbach+familie)


Highly recommended!!!

I'll write about Willy separately ;-)
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: TimM on December 12, 2018, 11:50:15 AM
Sounds like good books.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 05, 2020, 09:26:39 PM
I found a film clip on youtube Berlin 1900 in colour!!!  very impressive. one clip looks like KW II and Nicholas II during the 1913 wedding of the Kaiser's daughter.
Title: Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
Post by: HerrKaiser on January 19, 2020, 12:51:25 PM
I found a film clip on youtube Berlin 1900 in colour!!!  very impressive. one clip looks like KW II and Nicholas II during the 1913 wedding of the Kaiser's daughter.

Yes, I've seen the same or similar film clip and it was the occasion of Victoria Luise's wedding. Too bad for western civilization that the calm of 1913 and getting-along of royals at the wedding (last gathering of these families, ever) didn't last.