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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => Italian Royal Families => Topic started by: Teddy on May 27, 2006, 01:42:58 PM

Title: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Teddy on May 27, 2006, 01:42:58 PM
Are there also good books about Victor Emanuel III and Queen Helena?
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Agneschen on May 27, 2006, 02:12:36 PM
I know of no coffee table book on VE III, Jelena & their family though I think that would make an excellent topic (and there are plenty of pics to be found of them). The Regolo bio of Jelena is very interesting but is not a coffee table book. There is another bio of her by Cristina Siccardi (who also wrote books about Jelena's daughters Mafalda & Giovanna) but I have not read it. Both are in Italian though.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: grandduchessella on May 27, 2006, 11:48:39 PM
The book Casa Savoia by Maria Gabrielle di Savoia has some good photos. It deals with the family from 1861 to 1946 so the focus isn't entirely on them. However, it is mostly photos though it's trade-paperback size rather than coffee-table book size. It's in Italian.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Agneschen on May 28, 2006, 07:19:45 AM
Princess Maria Gabriella also wrote Gioielli di Casa Savoia & Vita di Corte which are coffee table books but do not deal specifically with VE & Jelena. The 1st one is dedicated to the jewels of the House of Savoy & the 2nd one to court life.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Teddy on February 15, 2007, 09:32:06 AM
Are there also book on the Italian Royal family in EnglisH?
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: grandduchessella on February 16, 2007, 10:18:19 PM
There's the Fall of the House of Savoy by Robert Katz (?). I haven't read it myself though so I can't advise on it.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Quin on February 16, 2007, 11:30:17 PM
Are there also book on the Italian Royal family in EnglisH?

Italy and Its Monarchy   -  Dennis Mack Smith.  This was a great book.  I highly recommend it.  (Easy to find)

Try these as well.  The author is a very a interesting person.  Upon his death he bequeathed half a billion and yes half a billion to NYU.  He has quite a storied family back ground.

Bourbons of Naples (The)   Harold Acton (Requires some work to find)
Last Bourbons of Naples (The)   Harold Acton (Requires some work to find)

I also have that book Gdella identified House of Savoy by R. Katz, but I have yet to read it.  I think I located another about Prince Eugen of Savoy, but I haven't read it either.
I haven't found too much more.  If you do, please advise.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Teddy on March 21, 2007, 01:47:05 PM
Other reactions?
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 21, 2007, 02:21:07 PM
I have the Katz book. It has been years since I read it but I recall it has a good, consise history of the House of Savoy. A good background as the book is mainly concerned with the last 2 reigns.
 The Acton books are obviously about the Borbons. Excellent reading if a tbit on the scholarly side. Yes, hard to find and costly.  It took me a long time  to find the second volume and I PAID for it!
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Teddy on April 07, 2007, 02:57:05 AM
Casa Savoia Diario di una Monarchia, by Maria Gabriella Bracalini. What kind of book is this? How many pictures?
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: gleb on April 07, 2007, 06:37:40 AM
Casa Savoia Diario di una Monarchia, by Maria Gabriella Bracalini. What kind of book is this? How many pictures?


There are many pictures in this book. It is mainly a sort of phtoalbum of Casa Savoia.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Linnea on April 07, 2007, 10:55:05 AM
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Casa Savoia Diario di una Monarchia, by Maria Gabriella Bracalini. What kind of book is this? How many pictures?

The book has a rather small size and is paperback, but the book is well worth buying anyway - the chapters do have some pages of text and then some pages with pictures. The focus is on Vitttorio Emanuele III and his son Umberto II and their families.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Teddy on April 07, 2007, 03:29:49 PM
Is she not a princess of Savoy?
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: gleb on April 08, 2007, 09:58:47 AM
by Maria Gabriella Bracalini.

The authors are SAR Princess Maria Gabriella di Savoia and Romano Bracalini.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Alejandro Spain on March 09, 2010, 11:11:35 AM
Hello! I'm looking for books about the Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Can you help me please?

Regards and thanks!
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Seth Leonard on March 09, 2010, 11:52:04 AM
Here are a few English-language books on the Bourbon-Two Sicilies:

The Bourbons of Naples: (1734-1825) by Harold Acton

The Last Bourbons of Naples (1825-1861) by Harold Acton

Maria Sophia, Queen of Naples by Clara Tschudi
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: REMI on March 09, 2010, 12:04:51 PM
Harold ACTON has written two books:
1)The Bourbons of Naples 1737-1825 (in english). There are translations in italian and in french: I Borboni di Napoli 1737-1825 and Les Bourbons de Naples 1737-1825.
2) The last Bourbons de Naples 1825-1861 translated in italian : Gli ultimi Borboni di Napoli 1825-1861.
(No translation in french).
Other books:
Jean-Paul Garnier: Le dernier roi de Naples (french only)
Ferrucio Ferrara: Francesco I e Ferdinando II (italian)
Sandro Castronuovo: I cinque Borbone, la dinastia napoletana dal 1734 al 1860 (italian)

REMI
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 09, 2010, 12:10:32 PM
 I might warn you, the Acton books can be hard to find and costly. But they are the best in English.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Noloter on March 09, 2010, 12:24:50 PM
Here are two Italian books I own about the House of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies; unfortunately I don't know if any of them has been translated into English or some other language...

-Francesco II di Borbone - L'ultimo Re di Napoli by Pier Giusto Jaeger
-Il Re Bomba - Ferdinando II, il Borbone di Napoli che per primo lottò contro l'unità d'Italia by Giuseppe Campolieti
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Rani on March 09, 2010, 02:08:07 PM
http://www.archive.org/stream/collapseofkingdo00whitiala#page/n9/mode/2up
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Rani on March 09, 2010, 02:13:17 PM
La fine di un regno


Author: De Cesare, Raffaele


http://www.archive.org/stream/lafinediunregnon01deceiala#page/n5/mode/2up
http://www.archive.org/stream/lafinediunregnon02deceiala#page/4/mode/2up

Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on March 19, 2010, 04:43:40 AM
Francesco II e Maria Sofia - Iconografia dei Borbone di Napoli, by Sergio Della Valle.

It's full of portraits, watercolor paintings, historical prints and photographs of the Bourbons of Napoli (not only Francesco II and Maria Sofia actually).

The book it's in Italian, I don't know if there is an English version of it.

(http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/47409/2031697890101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2031697890101857556tJblKz)
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on March 20, 2010, 06:08:09 AM
Ferdinando II di Borbone - Il grande re, by Filippo Russo.

(http://inlinethumb37.webshots.com/44132/2553875120101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2553875120101857556KKISAD)

Again, I don't know if it was translated in English too.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: newfan on July 31, 2010, 03:25:37 PM
What are good bookstores in Italy?Rome,Milan,Venice....maybe other cities used or new
Thank you
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: gleb on August 04, 2010, 01:49:37 PM
Perhaps Feltrinelli's bookstores, they are quite everywhere in Italy.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: newfan on August 04, 2010, 02:54:00 PM
Hi Gleb

Thank you!!
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: newfan on October 11, 2010, 10:42:05 PM
Perhaps Feltrinelli's bookstores, they are quite everywhere in Italy.
Just went to 2 of them in Rome and they didn't have any
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: gleb on October 15, 2010, 01:27:25 PM
Perhaps Feltrinelli's bookstores, they are quite everywhere in Italy.
Just went to 2 of them in Rome and they didn't have any

I am sorry, it surprises me, but I confess I don't know personally those bookstores in Rome, in any case in Italy there is no interest for the past Royal Families, so it is almost natural  you did not find anything
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: Luc on April 13, 2011, 08:57:56 AM
Don't forget to mention this book: Vita di corte in Casa Savoia, written by HRH Princess Maria Gabriella di Savoia and Stefano Papi.
This is a very, very good book if you like to know more about the court life in the reign of the kings Umberto I, Victor Emmanuel III and Umberto II.
Recently, I bought this book and I am very positive about it, although I don't read Italian! There are a lot of photos in it, black and white and also in colour. The chapters are about the three queens in this period: Queen Margherita, Queen Elena and Queen Marie José. There are photos in it of palace interiors, menu cards, music programmes, rare photos of the Queens, photos of court dresses and photos of the wedding of Princess Marie José and Prince Umberto. A very interesting book!
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: newfan on April 13, 2011, 05:46:47 PM
Don't forget to mention this book: Vita di corte in Casa Savoia, written by HRH Princess Maria Gabriella di Savoia and Stefano Papi.
This is a very, very good book if you like to know more about the court life in the reign of the kings Umberto I, Victor Emmanuel III and Umberto II.
Recently, I bought this book and I am very positive about it, although I don't read Italian! There are a lot of photos in it, black and white and also in colour. The chapters are about the three queens in this period: Queen Margherita, Queen Elena and Queen Marie José. There are photos in it of palace interiors, menu cards, music programmes, rare photos of the Queens, photos of court dresses and photos of the wedding of Princess Marie José and Prince Umberto. A very interesting book!
Hi Luc
 Yes it is a great book there is also another one By Princess Maria Gabriella and Stefano Papi :Jewellery of the House of Savoy (in English) ISBN 9788837052409
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 04, 2016, 04:53:08 PM
The Italian official history of WW I is online at www.eserito.difesa.it/storia/gr...15-18 in Italian only.
Title: "The Wandering Princess: Helene of France, Duchess of Aosta, 1871-1951
Post by: Ed_Hanson on April 29, 2017, 12:27:32 PM
A full-length biography of Helene of France, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951), by Edward Hanson (published by Fonthill Media, 2017), based upon previously unpublished archival sources.  Although there were some diplomatic rumours suggesting her as a bride for Nicholas Alexandrovich and a mention in his diary that his mother dropped "several hints" about Helene, there is little likelihood that either Nicholas or Helene ever seriously considered marriage with each other as a possibility.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 19, 2017, 03:20:17 PM
Italian Aces of World War I and their aircraft" by Roberto Gentili, Antonio Iozzi and Paolo Varriale is the book on Italian aces of WW I. King VE3 and other royals make occational apprences.
Title: Re: "The Wandering Princess: Helene of France, Duchess of Aosta, 1871-1951
Post by: amedeo on August 14, 2017, 10:52:34 AM
A preview of the kindle version in available on amazon. The biography seems to be very interesting.
Title: Re: Books on Italian Royals
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 01, 2017, 03:32:55 PM
The book "The War in Italy 1943-1945" by Richard Lamb deals with this period from an Italian point of view.