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Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants…

Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria

by Theo Aronson

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1423 Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria, by Theo Aronson (read 1 Dec 1976) The author is a popularizer and this book shows he is a lousy writer, kind of sickly sweet. Nevertheless this book had its moments, as it traced the stories of Queen Victoria's descendants who were crowned, including an Empress of Germany; an empress of Russia; a Queen of Rumania; a Queen of Norway; a Queen of Spain; and a Queen of Yugoslavia. In addition there were queens of Sweden and Denmark. Since I have a weakness for royal biography, I found these accounts good reading, though the treatment was most non-profound. ( )
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'It is excellent news that Theo Aronson's lively panorama of European royalties is to be republished. Skilfully interwoven with each other, Theo Aronson's accounts of these reigns, abdications and exiles capture the scope and variety of what Victoria used to call the Royal Mob.' Elizabeth Longford Ever since the instant success of his first book The Golden Bees: The Story of the Bonapartes, Theo Aronson has steadily built up his reputation as an historical biographer specializing in the Royal Houses of Europe. Among his many widely read books are Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story, Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and the Tragedy of European Monarchy 1910-1918 and The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses. His books have been published in Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland and Belgium; in paperback, in book club editions and in serialization. THE KING IN LOVE: King Edward VII's Mistresses 'I found it totally absorbing... a thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish.' Auberon Waugh, The Independent 'Mr Aronson is scrupulously fair . . . his book is entertaining and lively.' Brian Masters, The Standard NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE: A Love Story 'He tells their story superbly well . . . Aronson has a wonderful eye for significant detail as well as a shrewd appreciation of character. Above all his book is wonderfully readable.' Patrick Taylor-Martin, Sunday Times 'Mr Aronson, an exceptional authority on the world's crowned or once crowned heads, makes Josephine irresistible . . . absorbing and scholarly.' Alastair Forbes, Sunday Telegraph… (more)

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