Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of by Julia P. Gelardi

By Julia P. Gelardi

Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is the strong epic tale of 5 royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the tip in their empires, the destruction in their households, and the tumult of the 20th century

Here are the tales of Alexandra, whose religion in Rasputin and tragic finish became the stuff of legend; Marie, the flowery and whimsical queen who battled her method via a lifetime of intrigues and was once additionally the mummy of 2 Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, brought hemophilia into her husband's family---with devastating results for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who used to be autonomous Norway's reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's a lot maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mummy of a minimum of 3 kings and a queen, who ended her days in sour exile.

Using by no means prior to released letters, memoirs, diplomatic files, secondary resources, and interviews with descendents of the themes, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an fabulous and remarkable paintings of well known historical past.

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Ideal for a long night of smiling and nodding and being a good sport at the annual press, showbiz, and politics bunfight that is the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. I was there in my capacity as vulgar lounge entertainer. Megan, my date, was there because she loves me and was proving it again. I had been asked to be the guest speaker by the chair of the entertainment committee. I wasn’t their first choice, but after Steve Carell and Ellen DeGeneres turned the gig down I think I became a little more appealing.

And Mrs. Cheney and being introduced. I felt a little awkward; I’m always a bit shy around evil people, so Megan took the lead. She has a knack for dealing with difficult men and is very knowledgeable about fine art, having worked for a time as an art dealer in New York. She and Mrs. C struck up a conversation about Picasso—the Cheneys were the proud owners of a few of his sketches. ” asked Megan. “Oh, we don’t,” replied Mrs. C. “They’re nudes, and we have grandchildren. ” “But they’re Picassos,” protested Megan.

Sweet revenge. The family now numbered six in total, and although financially it must have been a struggle for my parents, the kids were never really aware of it. I knew we couldn’t afford a lot of luxuries, but neither could anyone else around us. It wasn’t as if we lived in Beverly Hills. In fact, when we got our hallway carpeted—a scary vomity-colored tweedish patterned thing supplied by a friend of my father who worked in the shipyards and got a cutting from a luxury liner—neighbors came from far and wide to gaze at its amazing splendor.

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