Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of by Julia P. Gelardi

By Julia P. Gelardi

Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is the strong epic tale of 5 royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the tip in their empires, the destruction in their households, and the tumult of the 20 th century

Here are the tales of Alexandra, whose religion in Rasputin and tragic finish became the stuff of legend; Marie, the flowery and kooky queen who battled her approach via a lifetime of intrigues and used to be additionally the mummy of 2 Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, brought hemophilia into her husband's family---with devastating outcomes for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who used to be autonomous Norway's reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's a lot maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mum of at least 3 kings and a queen, who ended her days in sour exile.

Using by no means prior to released letters, memoirs, diplomatic files, secondary assets, and interviews with descendents of the topics, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an unbelievable and noteworthy paintings of well known heritage.

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Within seconds it was a hundred yards away. I gave chase hotly and desperately, visions passing through my mind of myself crawling on hands and knees into El Obeid, the laughing stock of the town, without even my passport, money, or my precious return ticket to London. There were bubbles of self-criticism too: the plan to travel by camel seemed to have been laid bare in all its naive arrogance. Then I noticed that the beast had stopped running and was browsing on a rich patch of vegetation, on the crest of a ridge.

The boys told me that the trees were an important means of water storage, and I was incredulous at first. One day, however, we halted under the spiky canopy of a giant specimen, and Osman pointed out to me the square opening high up amongst the boughs, where the water was poured inside. ‘The water collects around the tree in the rainy season,’ Osman explained. ‘Then someone climbs up the trunk and hoists up the water in buckets. ’ ‘But there’s been great dryness,’ continued ’Ali. ’ Dawanki, I learned, was the Arabicised plural of the word donki, which in the local dialect had come to mean an artesian well, so called after the European ‘donkey-engines’ which powered them.

The acacia thornbush, however, is a vital source of food for camels, and one variety produces gum arabic, the soft amber resin which is an important export of this region. The scrub is dwarfed in places by the grotesquely magnificent figures of the giant baobab trees which occasionally raise their stark fingers over the landscape. The qoz is dotted with villages: compounds of grass with straw-roofed huts which blend in with the colour and texture of their surroundings. These works of man are pinpricks against the background of the enormous dimensions of the rangelands, for this is a place where humankind has wrought little of permanence on the landscape, where nature, by sheer size and power, has resisted any encroachment on its autonomy.

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