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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743296370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743296373
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cousin by marriage to England's Queen Elizabeth II illuminates the personal lives of eight European princesses who married foreign rulers over the past 300 years. Vicky, Queen Victoria's eldest child and empress of Prussia, was a highly cultured, intellectual and innovative philanthropist in a relatively backward society; was vilified as a spy by Bismarck; and had a complicated relationship with her eldest son, Willy. Fashion icon Eugénie, the Spanish wife of Emperor Louis-Napoleon of France, forgave her husband's repeated infidelities; was condemned for interfering in foreign policy; and was morbidly obsessed with Marie Antoinette. Austrian Archduchess Maria Carolina only became queen of Naples after the untimely deaths of two sisters and was shattered by the execution of a third, Marie Antoinette. Danish princess Alexandra was embraced by the British, but her sister Minnie, empress of Russia, was exiled from her adopted country after her son and his family were famously murdered in the Russian Revolution. The controversial personality that has landed Princess Michael of Kent (Cupid and the King) in the tabloids is nowhere in evidence in these unremarkable minibiographies. Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette have been covered more creatively in numerous books, and the brief forays into the realms of lesser-known royals don't leave readers eager for more. B&w photos. (Feb.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sombervasi on January 22, 2008
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Crowned in a Far Country contains seven chapters about eight royal brides, covering their life from childhood and family background through marriage to later years. It provides a number of interesting details about them.

It reads well. The author is Princess Michael of Kent, who is herself a member of the British Royal Family and who probably has a different point of view on royal marriages than other authors of similar books.

I can recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Stein on May 13, 2008
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I found the book to be informative, easy to read yet the writing was somewhat simple, without depth. What I mean is, that the stories were interesting (to me or any other royal watcher) yet I wasn't captivated.
It was a book which gave me information, but I can't say "I couldn't put it down"
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Simmons on June 24, 2008
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image coming to new country to married someone you never met.dealing with person who is now your husband.this book show how each women find a place in new country ,husband world and the royal family.how they had to deal with court life.
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