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About Victoria Martinez
Victoria (Tori) V. Martínez researches and writes about history while living and traveling around the world with her husband David and two children. Tori, an American, likes to joke that she only married David, a Spaniard she met in England, because his knowledge of seven languages helps her immensely in her historical research.
Tori earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Texas Woman's University and her graduate degree in Applied Technology, Training and Development from The University of North Texas. After working in the corporate world as a public relations professional, Tori realized her passion for writing about history was what made her happy, so she packed up her life in America and spent two years living abroad. Eventually, she retired completely from her public relations work and now spends her time researching, writing and raising her two children.
Her historical writing has been published online at sites like the Unofficial Royalty website (http://www.unofficialroyalty.com) and TimeTravel-Britain.com, and in print journals such as The European Royal History Journal, Royalty Digest Quarterly and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Society Quarterly. She also served as a historical consultant for the BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play, “The Windsor Jewels,” a subject she has written about extensively.
Her first book, “An Unusual Journey Through Royal History, Volume I,” was published in April 2011, followed in June 2011 by “The Royal W.E. Unique Glimpses of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor.” Her third book, “An Unusual Journey Through Royal History, Volume II,” was published in November 2011. A combined print book of both volumes of “An Unusual Journey Through Royal History” was published in January 2012.
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The truth is: politics and innuendo clouded that story from the very beginning, with the result that few people really understand who The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were and what forces propelled them to their infamous fate.
The Royal W.E. examines the individual and intertwined lives of Wallis and Edward – or “W.E.” as they referred to themselves – and provides readers with unique glimpses of the real people, as opposed to the sensationalized characters, that were The Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The subjects in this book are not always mainstream, well-known, or even consistent with “popular” opinion, and the objective is not to make anyone “like” the couple. Instead, readers will find refreshingly honest and accurate portrayals of W.E. that will help them understand the real people behind the myth and hype.
“Prejudice and preconception are difficult things to set aside, particularly after so many years of negative stories and sordid rumor, but I think readers here will discover an alternative and convincing look at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. I am sure they would approve and perhaps, just perhaps, the future may be a little bit kinder to Edward and Wallis because of the efforts of people like Ms. Martínez.” -Greg King, author of The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson
Victoria Martínez is author of An Unusual Journey Through Royal History.
En pocos libros, si es que los hay, podrá encontrar que se compare a la Monarquía Británica con el sistema de cloacas de Londres, o leer sobre la dificultad de encontrar un esposo adecuado para una princesa Victoriana de más de 90 kilos de peso que, sin embargo, era una “bailarina extraordinariamente ligera”. Raramente se “ilustran” las vidas de los miembros modernos e históricos de la realeza desde la Reina Victoria hasta Catalina la Grande pasando por el Príncipe Carlos y el Príncipe Heredero Federico de Dinamarca a través de tatuajes en lugar de retratos. Incluso se exploran temas más íntimos, como la práctica de la circuncisión entre los miembros de la realeza, incluyendo a los Príncipes Guillermo y Enrique, para el deleite de las mentes inquisitivas.
Lo más probable es que, incluso los lectores que por lo general piensan que la realeza histórica es aburrida y convencional o que la realeza moderna es anacrónica y distante, encuentren algo que les entretenga. ¿Quién no disfrutaría un poco leyendo sobre una famosa cortesana del siglo XIX a la que se pagó por eclipsar a una vieja y desaliñada reina simplemente para demostrar que se espera que las reinas sean hermosas? También puede ser bastante entretenido descubrir que un aparente retrato formal de la Familia Real Británica actual oculte pistas enigmáticas relacionadas con la dinámica y las personalidades individuales de la familia que divierten y desconciertan.
Este libro le proporcionará, a modo de pequeño resumen, tan pequeño como los enanos cortesanos sobre los que podrá leer en el mismo, una sensación de que no sólo ha aprendido y disfrutado con la historia de la realeza, sino que también ha viajado y conocido a sus miembros personalmente, desde quien trabaja como exterminador en sus palacios hasta sus ínfimas últimas palabras.
"Disfruté con estos ensayos sobre la realeza, que abarcan temas tan dispares como son la belleza de las reinas, los enanos de las cortes reales y la circuncisión de la realeza. Los lectores van a encontrar un período histórico increíblemente amplio que ha sido investigado con gran pasión." – Hugo Vickers
Hugo Vickers, autor de “Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of The Duchess of Windsor”, es un escritor y cronista que ha publicado biografías de muchas figuras del siglo XX.
In addition to the countries one would expect to find in a book about historic royalty, like Britain and France, Victoria takes readers to lesser known monarchies such as: Württemberg, where they’ll meet the corpulent ruling family of the German Grand Duchy of Württemberg; Bohemia, where the descendents of “Good King Wenceslas” ruled for centuries; and Hawaii, with its surfing Victorian princess.
In other chapters, readers will go inside palace doors to experience what life was like for the sisters and daughters of “Mad King George,” experience the inner workings of a royal wedding, learn what it’s like to receive gifts like a royal, and live the life of the British queen who liked other people’s things a little too much.
As with Volume I of “An Unusual Journey Through Royal History,” each of the 14 chapters of Volume II tells a unique story that will leave readers with a sense that they not only know royal history – and enjoy it – but have also journeyed through it and met the royals personally.
“In her third collection of articles, Tori Martínez again turns her lively style and humour to royal topics, bringing many obscure facts to her readers’ attention with her usual erudite irreverence. From Princess Margaret to George III’s cloistered offspring, a plethora of royal ladies and other royal topics emerge from these pages in new lights, to entertain Tori’s regular readers and introduce her to new ones.” – Janet Ashton, author of "The German Woman" and co-author of "The Grand Dukes"
In few – if any – other books will you find the British Monarchy compared to London’s sewer system, or read of the challenges of finding a suitable husband for a 200-plus pound Victorian princess who was nonetheless a “remarkably light dancer.” Rarely are the lives of historic and modern royals from Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great to Prince Charles and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark “illustrated” not by paintings but by tattoos. Even more intimate topics, like the practice of circumcision among royals – including Princes William and Harry – are explored for the sake of inquiring minds.
Chances are, even readers who usually find historic royalty boring and stuffy or modern royalty anachronistic and detached will find something to enjoy. Who wouldn’t feel a bit satisfied reading about a celebrated 19th century courtesan being paid to steal the thunder of an old and frumpy queen just to prove that queens are expected to be beautiful? It can also be quite amusing to find that a supposedly formal portrait of the current British Royal Family holds hidden, enigmatic clues to family dynamics and individual personalities that amuse and baffle.
In short (much like the Court dwarfs you’ll read about), this book will leave you with a sense that you not only know royal history – and enjoy it – but that you have also journeyed through it and know the royals personally, from who exterminates their palaces right down to their infamous last words.
"I enjoyed these essays on royalty, which range widely from the beauty of Queens to court dwarfs and royal circumcision. Readers will find an impressively wide span of history enjoyably investigated." – Hugo Vickers
Hugo Vickers, author of “Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of The Duchess of Windsor,” is a writer and broadcaster who has written biographies of many twentieth century figures.