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Grandmama of Europe: Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria Paperback – June 28, 1984

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Theo Aronson is the author of over twenty works of royal historical biography, published in eleven languages. Among the widely read are Grandmama of Europe, The King in Love, Napoleon and Josephine and a biography of Princess Margaret. In the course of researching and writing these books he has interviewed major and minor members of Britain’s royal family and members of the royal households, as well as various officials, servants, friends and others whose lives are in some way connected with the monarchy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers; 1st pbk. ed edition (June 28, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719541395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719541391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me on more than one occasion, to sort out Queen Victoria's huge family. The book only rates four stars, because I dislike the way it is organized. But the information, as well as the detailed lineage is wonderful. Many of Mr. Aronson's books are out of print, but I find them quite frequently at the Strand in NYC or other used bookstores.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
There's a famous painting by Tuxen (reproduced on the jacket of this fat volume) of Victoria's family gathered around her at the time of her Golden Jubilee in 1887; the crowd fills the royal drawing room. During those celebrations, the women of the family filled ten carriages while the men, including a number of ruling and future monarchs, made up an impromptu cavalry troop. Aronson is an old and skilled hand at producing popular biographies of European dynasties and he uses Victoria's position as matriarch of a vast royal clan to construct an overview in the late 19th and early 20th century of Europe's ruling families on ten thrones, from London and Madrid to Athens and St. Petersburg. This is also a personal and domestic study, focusing on court life, rather than a political history, and it is limited to only the first generation, not their heirs to the present day -- which also means that, except for the future Edward VIII, the author is concerned mostly with Victoria's daughters and granddaughters who married into other royal houses. The author's style is easy and his insights and judgments are astute, making this a good introduction to the modern monarchies of Europe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kajie on March 8, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book! Not realizing the information I was getting at the time--shortly after reading this book, my husband and I flew to Bucharest to take a Danube river cruise. We visited the Carpathian mountains with the beautiful Peles Castle and the Bran Castle talked about in the book. We listened to the stories all about the Hapsburgs entanglement with the Austrian/Romanian/Spanish dynasties. The heirs to the Romanian throne actually live in NYC and are related in the Hapsburgs. the last Queen Marie talked about in the book died in 1939--just before the Nazis envasion. It made our trip even more enjoyable to know some of the history. It helped with the smaller countries around that area and how they still feud till this day. I have loaned this book to others to read and it has helped we Americans to understand how everyone in Europe is related to someone and how they all have had conflict with each other but they come from a common lineage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. DICKERSON on December 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was glad to have come across this book from Theo Aronson. I've seen him as commentator in some BBC documentary on the British Royal Family but I've never seen some of his work on Amazon until made available on Kindle Unlimited.

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I've read other books similar to this, reigning queens and monarchs who are descendants of Queen Victoria but this book I found out has more details about her daughter the Princess Royal, Empress Frederick, that most book lacks except of course the book by Anna Pakula. The book focused from her reigning children to her grandchildren to great grandchildren, which is amazingly informative. It allows the reader to see connections from one dynasty to another and it makes it easier to follow. It is stated more orderly for readers to follow, even those who aren't familiar with royal houses of Europe of the old days and current.

What the book hardly mentioned is the British branch of Queen Victoria's descendants. Which for the most part most reader already knows about. This book focused more on the continental royalties. From their ascend to the thrown to their demise, such us the Empress Alexandra of Russia, to the exiled kings and queens.

It's informative and a good read. I would recommend it to readers who wants to know more about Queen Victoria's descendants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhona A. Blackwell-Ready on June 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I first purchased "The Last Courts of Europe" in 1981 because I had read "Nicholas and Alexandra" in 1969. I purchased this book from a second-hand bookstore in England by mail in 1987, after having read a library copy. Also, a big factor was the fact I had read the two previous books. Upon reading it...I knew I had hit gold because of the information and the explicit detail he had provided that is why I knew I had to have it! I liked the way he covered each country and gave details that made each one interesting. This book just increased the interest I had in European Royals. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I have based all other books on this one when it comes to the genealogical tables. It took me twenty years to fine (as far as I am concerned) the companion book to this one, "A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark" because these two mesh so well together! Victoria and Christian were the "Grandparents" of Europe. Any curiosity you have will be answered...but never satisfied! One just takes me on the hunt for another that might fill in another hole. So buy this book and treasure it as much as I have!
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This is a fascinating history of the lives that all the grandchildren of Queen Victoria lived. It is a complicated tale, involving all the long-gone countries that they married into, becoming Emperors and Empresses, Kings and Queens, all over Europe. Many of them are not stories with happy endings, because of the turmoil in Europe at the time preceding the first World War. Many brothers, sisters and cousins ended up on opposing sides, and few of them were happy. This book gives us a vivid picture of a time long gone, when Monarchy had power that seems inconceivable to us now, and who they married really could change history. This is a must read for any one interested in this period of time in Europe, or in Queen Victoria and her influence and power.
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