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In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312371055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312371050
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Historian Gelardi (Born to Rule) focuses on the fates of three pairs of royal mothers and daughters: Isabella of Castile and Catherine of Aragon, Maria Theresa and Marie Antoinette, and Queen Victoria and Empress Frederick. The unusual melding of Spanish, English, Austrian, French and Prussian history into one sweeping project is done with remarkable clarity and verve. Excerpts of her subjects' letters are integrated flawlessly into the sequence of events. Gelardi is also skilled in placing actions within the larger historical framework of international relations, as well as genetics—Gelardi traces the devastating effects of hemophilia on royal families in one of her most interesting tangents. The personal relationships portrayed are layered and complex, and tidbits regarding fashion and Queen Victoria's childhood love of dolls are not to be missed. Gelardi's incessant need to justify connecting the three monarchs and their daughters through similarities in personality, political accomplishments and unusually loving relationships is annoying, but she still produces an excellent, comprehensive study of six fascinating women and the troubled times that shaped their lives. 16 pages of color photos. (Dec.)
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Praise for In Triumph's Wake:

“The unusual melding of Spanish, English, Austrian, French and Prussian history into one sweeping project is done with remarkable clarity and verve. Excerpts of her subjects' letters are integrated flawlessly into the sequence of events. Gelardi is also skilled in placing actions within the larger historical framework of international relations, as well as genetics—Gelardi traces the devastating effects of hemophilia on royal families in one of her most interesting tangents. The personal relationships portrayed are layered and complex, and tidbits regarding fashion and Queen Victoria's childhood love of dolls are not to be missed . . . an excellent, comprehensive study of six fascinating women and the troubled times that shaped their lives.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Uniquely conceived, well-argued comparison study of three epochal matriarchs—Queen Isabella of Castile, Empress Maria Theresa and Queen Victoria—and the daughters who didn't measure up. Three sad stories make it clear that anxiety of influence made it impossible for the offspring of these great lady monarchs to meet their mothers' standards. . . . Gelardi delivers substantial, accessible European history.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“[T]he interweaving of the queens' tales does make for appealing narrative history. While these three royal mothers are forever associated with steely determination, great intelligence, and inspirationally successful reigns, their ill-fated daughters are just as ensconced in the roles of great tragic figures, frequently viewed as women battered by misfortune or, worse yet, brought down by their own personal failings. Gelardi seeks to humanize them as she tells these doubly sad stories.”—Library Journal

“Historian Julia Gelardi is passionate about bringing human drama to life in her books. She has done that with skill in In Triumph's Wake.”—Pioneer Press (Minnesota)


More About the Author

Julia P. Gelardi is an independent historian, currently specializing in European royal history mainly encompassing the Victorian era to the present. Julia grew up in Florida and has lived in Miami, London, Toronto, Phoenix, Vancouver, B.C. and now resides in Minnesota. After receiving her M.A. in History from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Julia has has embarked on a writing career with a focus on royalty. Julia's researches have taken to her to several countries including England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Her books are Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria (St. Martin's Press, 2005), In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters and the Price They Paid for Glory (St. Martin's Press, 2008) and From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847-1928 (St. Martin's Press, 2011).

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If your a history buff this is a great book to read.
Cammie M. Royce
I really like the way she weaves the life stories of monarchs together, as she did in "Born to Rule" and now in "In Triumph's Wake."
Andrea L. Kohler
That said, the book itself was well-written as well as riveting.
Ponette

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After reading Julia Gelardi's first book, Born to Rule, about five granddaughters of Queen Victoria, I knew that I was going to be looking out for her next nonfiction work. This time, Gelardi has taken on the stories of three powerful women and three of their daughters who struggled with both their fates and the expectations laid down upon them.

In Triumph's Wake, Gelardi explores the lives and achievements of three of history's more remarkable monarchs -- Isabella of Castile, Maria Theresa of Austria, and Queen Victoria of England. Each of these women would overcome difficulties in their assumption of power, and solidified their power through clever politics, marriages and a shrewd ability to judge character and use whatever they had to. While each woman would have several children, Gelardi focuses on one daughter of each who would struggle with challenges and tragedies that ultimately reviewed the true woman beneath the royal facade.

The first, Isabella of Castile, was born a princess in a small kingdom of the Spanish peninsula. Castile at the time was poorly ruled, and fraught with nearly constant warfare within from contentious clans of noblemen intent on seizing as much power as they possibly could. The neighboring kingdom of Aragon wasn't much better; Isabella would marry the eventual heir to Aragon, a handsome, very intelligent young man named Ferdinand. Together, they were able to unify the two kingdoms, pacify the nobility and then turned their sights to the final phase of the long struggle that was known as the Reconquista.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ds on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading "Born to Rule", I was excited to see another book by this author. I was very disappointed with the result. I knew I was in trouble when I read the author's note that her aim was to stimulate interest in these illustrious ladies -- I had already read biographies of each of the ladies in this book and was drawn to the stated premise of the book, namely how the mothers' success as rulers led to their daughters' tragedies. The author offers absolutely nothing in the way of new information or insights. Her premise is interesting, but she fails to really explore it, giving little insight into the mother-daughter relationship and how the mothers' success as rulers in part was responsible for their daughters' disasters. If you know nothing about the ladies in question, this will be a good introduction to them. For anyone who has any background at all -- don't bother. You won't gain any new insight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ponette on January 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading and enjoying "Born to Rule", I eagerly awaited the author's next book. The premise (successful mothers, tragic daughters) was fascinating, and there were many similarities among the 3 groups. The first two sections were terrific, particularly the one on Maria-Theresa and Marie Antoinette (the first, on Isabella and Catherine, is pretty much well known). Unfortunately, I found the the last section, on Victoria/Vicky, to be the weakest (and was the one I had most looked forward to). There were at least a couple of factual errors in that section. For example, Sophie is misidentified as Vicky's youngest daughter (it was, in fact, Mossy, who was 2 years younger than Sophie). Sure, it's a little thing, but to those who are truly royalphiles, careless errors like that grate on the nerves and take away from the impact of the book. That said, the book itself was well-written as well as riveting. The book is still worth the price and it is a good read, but I hope next time more careful editing is employed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrea L. Kohler on January 26, 2009
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Julia P Gelardi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I really like the way she weaves the life stories of monarchs together, as she did in "Born to Rule" and now in "In Triumph's Wake." The 3 mother/daughter relationships she focuses on in this book were remarkable women, and their stories make for genuinely interesting reading. I have read many books about Catherine of Aragon, Marie Antoinette and The Empress Frederick, but never any dedicated to their relationships with their famous mothers, the way this book is. I found it a fascinating, very well written and researched book, which I highly recommend.
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By Fabian Acebal on September 30, 2013
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This is another of Julia Gelardi's very successful "group biographies", all of which I have really enjoyed. Its a very interesting look at three mother-daughter relationships.
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By S. Herlihy on May 11, 2013
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Gelardi gets her facts right but somehow the parts add up to less than the whole. Her idea is intriguing but her presentation lacks insight and verve. Instead we get a rather dull recitation of the facts about some fascinating historical people without any understanding of their characters.
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By LINDA SAWYER on April 2, 2013
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Helped to put a lot of history in context when we can attach names and dates to it. I especially enjoyed the part about Maria Theresa and Marie Antoinette. History sees her as a rather cold, uncaring person but the book gives her some humanity.
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