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In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory
 
 
Author
Julia P. Gelardi.
Publisher St. Martin's  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780312586034
Pages/Publication Date 404/2008
Daedalus Item Code 41006
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Queen Isabella of Castile, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and Queen Victoria of England were respected and admired rulers whose legacies continue to be felt today. Their daughters, however—Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England; Queen Marie Antoinette of France; and Vicky, the Empress Frederick of Germany—are remembered more for the tragedies that befell them. Because of his heirless marriage to Queen Catherine, Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, triggering the English Reformation, while in the common mind, the responsibility for the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror fell squarely upon Marie Antoinette. And Empress Frederick proved insufficient in getting Germany to rise to political maturity; under her son's reign, the country plunged into the beginnings of world war. The author of Born to Rule, Julia Gelardi here gives us a grand yet finely detailed history of modern Europe through her remarkable portrait of three great mothers and the daughters whom they would overshadow.

"The unusual melding of Spanish, English, Austrian, French and Prussian history into one sweeping project is done with remarkable clarity and verve.... Gelardi is also skilled in placing actions within the larger historical framework of international relations.... 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."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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