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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2005, 11:28:04 AM »
I received my copy yesterday and read just a little last night.  The pictures are good, many that I had not seen before.  The genealogical chart was edited to show just the main characters in the book, no extended family.  I'll let you know what i think as I get deeper into it.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2005, 04:32:26 PM »
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I received my copy yesterday and read just a little last night.  The pictures are good, many that I had not seen before.  The genealogical chart was edited to show just the main characters in the book, no extended family.  I'll let you know what i think as I get deeper into it.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2005, 11:43:24 AM »
Marlene,

Is your newsletter paper or electronic?  I may want to subscribe.

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« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2005, 11:48:33 AM »
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Marlene,

Is your newsletter paper or electronic?  I may want to subscribe.

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Holly, please contact me privately, regarding RBN - as it would be against forum policy to post information about the newsletter ... I can answer your question, though -  paper only.  
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« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2005, 12:32:57 PM »
As someone who has received Marlene's RBN, I can attest to its value as a nice guide for book announcements and reviews.

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« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2005, 01:01:20 PM »
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As someone who has received Marlene's RBN, I can attest to its value as a nice guide for book announcements and reviews.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2005, 01:49:37 PM »
No need to...one gives comliment where compliment is due...even if one has sometimes been involved in arguments with the person ones is complimenting...that is what mature, adult people do.

I do not spend my time, like a certain board manager (a rather bitter person I believe), who I think is cowardly to say the least, attacking people who have accomplished something...instead I praise where praise is due.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2005, 11:18:23 PM »
I just wanted to recommend the recent book "Born To Rule: Five ruling Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria. It discusses the lives of the five granddaughters of the Queen who became queens in their own right - Alexandra of Russia, Marie of Roumania, Maud of Norway, Ena of Spain and Sophie of Greece. Authour Julia Gelardi does an excellent job of synthesizing published and unpublished material, placing all five queens in the context of their grandmother's influence and the comparative experiences they had as wives, mothers, public figures and queen consorts. The proposed marraige between Olga Nikolayevna and Carol of Roumania is discussed in detail as well as the reasons why Alix never gained the widespread popularity in Russia that Marie acquired in Roumania. The book also sheds light on Alexandra's religious beliefs and the spiritual struggle she experienced around her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy. Its a great read and I highly recommend it.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2005, 04:06:07 PM »
Suzanne,I just got it last week! Its seems very good, I think it may have been written about somewhere else.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2005, 09:40:38 PM »
There is--about 2 pages if you want some more info:

http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Books;action=display;num=1094755243;start=0#0

I received the book a little bit ago but haven't really settled down into it. What I've read I've really liked so far. The jumping around can be a little hard to track as it's not a linear biography but I enjoy reading about Maud, Sophie, Ena and Missy. Alix I've pretty much had my fill.
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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2005, 04:17:00 PM »
It really does an excellent job of showcasing Queen Marie of Romania. The author tries to be fair to Alix (she tries to be so with all of the women), but - I suppose because of my greater familiarity with her - I found the book more interesting where the lesser-known Royals are concerned.
On the 'minus' side, the book is riddled with typos and a rare mistake in dating (QV's accession, if I am not mistaken, was June 20, not 22). Those are editorial flaws, however. If I learn something new from a book - and I did - then I don't think it's been a waste to have read it.

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« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2005, 10:50:10 PM »
Has anyone read the new biography, Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts and Granddaughters of Queen Victoria? (My hastily taken notes are a bit difficult to read, but I think the title is mostly if not completely right.)

While quickly browsing it I found one error--the author says Marie of Romania's youngest surviving children were Mignon and Ileana--but the overall look of this multi-biography is handsome, and I like the concept of comparing and contrasting Marie, Tsarina Alexandra, Victoria Eugenie, Maud of Norway, and Sophie, sister of the Kaiser.
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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #42 on: June 22, 2005, 11:17:56 PM »
Just picked it up but haven't started it yet. I thought it looked like any interesting read because of the comparison perspective.
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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2005, 09:30:32 AM »
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book for review/opnion last year.  I found the book quite good and have recommended it highly.  At Eurohistory.com we have sold it since the book came out in February and I believe it is among the top five sellers since then.

Julia Gelardi has contributed to my magzine, THE EUROPEAN ROYAL HISTORY JOURNL, and I know the amount of research she did for this book, her first.  I am very proud to know Julia and even prouder of her efforts.

A minor narrative mistake like that one mentined here is really minute in the bigger scheme of things, in my opinion.

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Re: Born To Rule: Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
« Reply #44 on: June 23, 2005, 11:08:10 AM »
Thanks for the opinion Art. I just picked up my copy and I can't wait to start it!