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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #285 on: September 10, 2014, 07:36:18 PM »
The price seems cheap to me, but I fear some of the discrete mystique surrounding the Luxemburgian* grand-ducal family will vanish when a book in English is dedicated to them. Untill now, they have been an elusive treat only to be sampled by connoisseurs, through the following books: http://www.monarchie.lu/fr/publications/livres/famille/index.html#top

* The Anglosphere's ignorance is amusingly demonstrated by the lack of an accepted English translation of the adjective luxembourgeois, luxemburgisch, luxemburger, luxemburgs, lëtzebuergesch.
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Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #286 on: September 11, 2014, 12:41:15 PM »
The price seems cheap to me, but I fear some of the discrete mystique surrounding the Luxemburgian* grand-ducal family will vanish when a book in English is dedicated to them. Untill now, they have been an elusive treat only to be sampled by connoisseurs, through the following books: http://www.monarchie.lu/fr/publications/livres/famille/index.html#top

* The Anglosphere's ignorance is amusingly demonstrated by the lack of an accepted English translation of the adjective luxembourgeois, luxemburgisch, luxemburger, luxemburgs, lëtzebuergesch.

Why should the story of the grand ducal family be inaccessible to those of us who are, shall we say, less than fluent in French and Luxembourgeois? 

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #287 on: September 11, 2014, 01:41:50 PM »
Why should the story of the grand ducal family be inaccessible to those of us who are, shall we say, less than fluent in French and Luxembourgeois? 

Intuitively I've always linked their awesome Europeanness, their discretion, the endearing wholesomeness and family unity which they radiate to their absence from the Anglophone gutter press. (But of course both France and Germany have their gutter tabloids.) Even though their Germanness and native German skills have been declining for a long time, they are, as a trilingual monarchy combining the two languages historically spoken by most royals still quite unique, something quite à part (apart, yes, English is just badly spelled French) from the Queen Victoria's Descendants + Glücksborgers bandwagon. They are such a breed apart that they require their own languages, I'd venture to say!
Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #288 on: September 11, 2014, 02:53:46 PM »
Why should the story of the grand ducal family be inaccessible to those of us who are, shall we say, less than fluent in French and Luxembourgeois? 

Intuitively I've always linked their awesome Europeanness, their discretion, the endearing wholesomeness and family unity which they radiate to their absence from the Anglophone gutter press. (But of course both France and Germany have their gutter tabloids.) Even though their Germanness and native German skills have been declining for a long time, they are, as a trilingual monarchy combining the two languages historically spoken by most royals still quite unique, something quite à part (apart, yes, English is just badly spelled French) from the Queen Victoria's Descendants + Glücksborgers bandwagon. They are such a breed apart that they require their own languages, I'd venture to say!

I don't disagree with you, but for me personally, I'm not interested in any of the modern royals; I would just like to know more about the "historical" ones, so I'm quite glad that Eurohistory has published this book :)

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #289 on: September 12, 2014, 04:18:33 PM »
I don't disagree with you, but for me personally, I'm not interested in any of the modern royals; I would just like to know more about the "historical" ones, so I'm quite glad that Eurohistory has published this book :)

Hopefully the book will make readers want to learn French and German (and who knows, perhaps even Lëtzebuergesch?) in order to read everything about this interesting and charming family - and their country, which has not only a dynastic, but also a linguistic raison d'être: The original Duchy of Luxembourg was twice its current size, but the French / Walloon-speaking part (along with a small Lëtzebuergesch-speaking part, the Pays d'Arlon / Areler Land) became part of the new Belgian state in 1839, as the Province of Luxembourg.
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Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #290 on: September 15, 2014, 11:39:38 AM »


Card from Sophie's funeral.  Download for full size.

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #291 on: September 20, 2014, 10:35:10 AM »
Lovely Charlotte and Marie adelaide :

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #292 on: October 29, 2014, 07:02:00 PM »
Guess whose copy of Nassaus of Luxembourg arrived today?  So super excited!!!! :D

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #293 on: October 29, 2014, 07:25:11 PM »
Guess whose copy of Nassaus of Luxembourg arrived today?  So super excited!!!! :D

I'm so excited for you!  You're going to love it :D

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #294 on: October 31, 2014, 02:11:27 PM »


Sophie.  She and Antonia looked so much alike!

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #295 on: January 10, 2015, 02:10:21 PM »
On the Benelux Royal Message Board is mentioned that "The Nassaus of Luxemburg" has many errors in the text...

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #296 on: January 10, 2015, 03:14:09 PM »
On the Benelux Royal Message Board is mentioned that "The Nassaus of Luxemburg" has many errors in the text...

It does.  There are a lot of type-o style errors, but if you can get past that, it's really a great book.

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #297 on: May 31, 2015, 06:29:59 PM »


Princess Antonia.

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #298 on: October 24, 2015, 04:10:22 PM »


Elisabeth and Sophie.

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Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« Reply #299 on: November 09, 2015, 09:59:56 AM »


Antonia