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APAPA: King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants Hardcover – 2014


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Eurohistory; 1ST edition (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985460342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985460341
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend any of the books from Eurohistory..
Marti Hooker
When I received the book in the mail I told myself I wasn't going to read it until dawn and tire myself out.
Roberto Cortéz González, Ph.D.
Each section provides new and accurate information about the descendants of APAPA.
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APAPA was the family nickname by which King Christian IX of Denmark was known to his children and grandchildren.

This book can be read from cover to cover for those persons unfamiliar with any of his children.

Some readers already may be acquainted with his two eldest daughters: "Alix," Alexandra, Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, as the wife of "Bertie," King Edward VII of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India; and "Minnie," Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia as the wife of "Sasha," Emperor Alexander III of Russia.

Bertie and Alix were the parents of King George V of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India, and of Maud, Queen Consort of Norway, among other children.

Minny and Sasha were the parents of the ill-fated Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, among other children.

Those readers who know of Alix and Minny will find that it is fun to hop around this lavishly illustrated book perusing the lives of Christian IX's three sons and youngest daughter and their nuclear families.

For example, there is the extensive Greek Royal Family of "Willie," born Prince William of Denmark, who was elected King of Greece as George I in 1863, the same year his sister Alix became Princess of Wales and their APAPA became King of Denmark. One of George I of Greece's grandsons was Paul I (1901-64), King of Greece 1947-64. Paul's wife, born Prinzessin Frederike of Hannover, was known as Queen Frederica of Greece. I had heard of Queen Frederica and knew she was controversial in her husband's kingdom, but I didn't know why until I read it in Beéche and Hall's text.

The brief, concise character sketch of Queen Frederica is one of countless such portraits in words to appear in APAPA.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Laplante on May 29, 2014
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Yes, this is another terrifically fascinating and very informative book about King Christian IX of Denmark
and his descendants. The photographs, many of which have not been seen before, are also marvelous.
The only serious drawback is that there are MANY! typos, left out words and other typographical mistakes,
especially in the second part of the book. Very poor editing
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on April 11, 2014
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The dual talents of the authors, Beeche and Hall, really show in this book. Both are experts in their field and bring passion to the subject matter. The royals come alive in their presentation. It is fascinating to read of the Danish royal family's humble and somewhat impoverished beginnings and then to see how they populated the courts of Europe. Almost all of the ruling royal families of Europe have Danish antecedents and quite a number of non-ruling royal families too. All of this is laid out in the book in a fascinating manner. The photographs are amazing. Many are informal which are delightful. Even if you are not a "royal" fan you will like this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PGM on June 20, 2014
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Queen Victoria is called the "Grandmother of Europe", but I argue that the more important person in European royalty in the late 19th early 20th century was King Christian IX of Denmark, called the "Father-in-Law of Europe". The Danish king's family (whose marriages were masterminded by his amazing wife Queen Louise) spread far and wide in Europe from Britain to Germany, to Russia, and Greece. The dual authorship of Arturo Beeche and Corynne Hall has produced a handful of highly informative books. Their style is familiar to those who read their books: lots of facts, healthy amount of amusing/informative anecdotes but little imagination in the writing style. We get the stories of SOOO many relatives down the family tree that it's hard to keep up. Some people may only be interested in one or two generations of the family (I mean of course the ones closest to power in their day), but this is a phenomenal source for the lesser known, more distant relatives. I noticed a handful of editing errors that reflect poorly on the otherwise extremely well-informed authors (this seems to be a persistent problem with books by amateur historians on royalty in my experience).
Overall this is a phenomenal source for enthusiasts and those interested in this very important royal family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James B. Casey on June 22, 2014
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This is another interesting and lavishly illustrated book by Beeche with hundreds of photographs and discussions of the lives of royals descended from Danish King Christian IX (1863-1906). Children and grand children and great grandchildren occupied thrones of Russia, Greece, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark and Spain. Christian IX's younger daughter, Thyra, did not occupy a throne herself, but was married to the claimant to the throne of Hannover (defunct since 1866), Ernst, Duke of Cumberland. Their second son, Ernst, married Kaiser Wilhelm's only daughter and became Duke of Brunswick (Braunschweig) in 1913. Their only daughter, Fredricke, married the future King Paul I of Greece in 1938. Their eldest daughter Sophie married the claimant to the Spanish throne (Juan Carlos of Bourbon) who became King of Spain in 1975. The abdication of Juan Carlos in June 2014 saw the accession of their son, Philip VI as King of Spain. --- This fine book not only covers an immense amount of Royal dynastic history, but is extremely useful for those who study European history from the 19th to 21st Century.
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