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Offline Cathy

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Crowns in Conflict
« on: July 13, 2004, 01:53:37 PM »
Has anyone read: Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph of the Tragedy of European Monarchy, 1910-1918 by Theo Aronson?  Is it factual or fiction?
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2004, 02:29:24 PM »
Hello,

Its a factual and very good primer on who was doing what in Europe up until - during- and after- the first world war. Its also useful for keeping track of who was related to whom.

Do read it!

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2004, 07:13:22 PM »
  This author, Theo Aronson, wrote a great many books about 19th and 20th century royalty. I have this book , "The Kaisers" , and "Victoria and Disraeli." I have read some of the others from the library. His books are concise-but written with some flair and personality-an earlier version of John Van Der Kiste.

He recently published a fascinating compilation of some of his journal entries retelling his writing life-"Royal Pursuits." It can be very funny-I won't repeat the anecdote about Felix Yussopov! Get the book-you won't forget it!  

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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2004, 03:19:30 PM »
Thanks so much for your opinions, rskkiya and tea_rose.  I am now reading some of T. Aronson's articles in Majesty magazine about British royalty and I am enjoying them very much.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2004, 05:00:01 PM »
Theo was a wonderful writer and person !! But for reasons of his own, he refused to write a book about the Romanovs themselves. He reckoned they were in most of  his other books enough already.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2004, 12:04:01 PM »
Robert, has he passed away? I know he was having cancer treatments in "Royal Pursuits"-but I had the impression that it had gone into remission.

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2004, 02:57:33 PM »
Sadly to report, Theo did, indeed pass away in May of 2003. He was a dear friend & wonderful writer.
The frustrating bit about him, I say with a smile, is that he did not put in writing half of what he really knew !!
Many still miss him very much.
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Robert
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2004, 04:43:23 PM »
I am so sorry to hear  of his demise ....He was a very clever & witty writer.

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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2004, 07:25:43 PM »
Hey Robert,
I was also privileged to know Theo, and miss him very much.  He was one of those people whose charm swept you away the minute you met him.  A truly lovely, lovely man -- as well as a wonderful historian.

Here in the states the book was called ROYAL SUBJECTS.  It's a hoot.
So long and thanks for all the fish