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Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires [Paperback]

Justin C. Vovk
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17 Aug 2012

Augusta Victoria, Mary, Alexandra, and Zita were four women who were born to rule. In Imperial Requiem, Justin C. Vovk narrates the epic story of four women who were married to the reigning monarchs of Europe's last empires during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Using a diverse array of primary and secondary sources, letters, diary entries, and interviews with descendants, Vovk provides an in-depth look into the lives of four extraordinary women who stayed faithfully at their husbands' sides throughout the cataclysm of the First World War and the tumultuous years that followed. At the centers of these four great monarchies were Augusta Victoria, Germany's revered empress whose unwavering commitment to her bombastic husband made her a national icon; Mary, whose Cinderella story and immense personal strength made her the soul of the British monarchy through some of its greatest crises; Alexandra, the ill-fated tsarina who helped topple the Russian monarchy through her ineffective rule; and Zita, the resolute empress of Austria whose story of loss and exile captivated the world's attention for seven decades.

Imperial Requiem shares the fascinating story of four princesses who married for love, graced imperial thrones, and watched as their beloved worlds were torn apart by war, revolution, heartache, and loss.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: (17 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147591749X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475917499
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin C. Vovk is the author of In Destiny's Hands: Five Tragic Rulers, Children of Maria Theresa. He is an independent journalist and historian who resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Maureen
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It puts the history of our own royal family into context. The way it portrays the interwoven family ties of the royal families of Europe and how the First World War affected their relationships with each other is very well documented without being too heavy. Anyone interested in royal history would find this book fascinating. The other aspect of the book is how it documents the immense wealth (and waste!) among the royals of Europe during this period - the jewels, the houses and the lifestyle. Interesting too is the influence and in some cases, power, that the royal women exercised and their tenacity in hanging on to their families often in the face of severe hardship.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but ..... 13 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this book which filled in lots of gaps for me. However, the author should know that a courtesan is essentially a royal mistress of the prostitute variety in court terms, not a lady courtier. He refers to respectable ladies of the court as courtesans at least four times, which I found very jarring. Also some howlers towards the end of the book, e.g. Badminton House, where Queen Mary resided for most of the war, is not a "villa on the coast of Gloucester" but part of a large country estate in Gloucestershire,nowhere near the sea! This is odd, as so much of the book seems meticulously researched and edited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 4 Oct 2013
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Full of personal details of these 4 women as well as enough political background to understand their place in history.They come over as real people with human feelings and faults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial Reqioe, 25 Sep 2013
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Well written, extremely interesting and very informative. There was also a personal and historic element to the book which made it fascinating. Good insight into the characters involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read. 17 July 2013
By Jmw275
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Very interesting insight into the lives and times (2 world wars) of 4 royal women. Need to pay attention as they all seem to have the same name so it becomes confusing, especially the german royal family! Well worth reading if you enoy reading about royal families. After having read a few books on the Romanovs I found this an even better insight into Princess Alix - Tsarina Alexandra.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read! 27 Feb 2013
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My main interest in European Royalty is my fascination in how the genealogy is so interlinked and these people have played such major roles in our history. I have read lots about it and yes a lot of what is covered in the book is not new information for anyone who is already aware of these women. However I still found it engaging and interesting to read it all again, but this time interlinking their stories.
The author does feel he has to justify himself at the beginning of the book, but I can understand that there are always people who just thrive on picking holes.
Well my honest opinion is I loved it, it was just up my street and has kept me company on my daily commute for at least a month. This was the first time I had read a biography on my kindle and I did miss being able to flick to look at the photographs while reading about the subject.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw 27 Feb 2013
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Excellent read, found very few inaccuracies, - BUT irritated by calling country ENGLAND and not BRITAIN throughout. e.g. Queen of England, English soldiers, England, England etc. - we were there too! Our queen too!.... from a Scot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money. 19 July 2013
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This is a long and expensive book covering a massive subject but for me there are two major stumbling blocks as to why it can't be taken seriously. Firstly the author is merely recycling material that has appeared in previous publications so that he has nothing new to say about events or the individuals concerned. Secondly...and I found this so irritating...he often gets his facts wrong and by the end of the book errors were appearing on every other page. The accompanying photos were of a poor quality and all had appeared in other books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful compilation of four fascinating women!
While there is no ground-breaking material here, I still found this book fascinating. I think the author is a great story teller (I really enjoyed his previous book In Destiny's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I would say if you are interested in history to get this book ,Not a lot is written about the Kaisers wife ,but you get plenty of information here ,and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by margaret fenton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good historical book
A long book - but really fascinating - and really fits in with this being the centenary of WW1. Four amazing strong women, would really recommend this book - especially if you want... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JaneC
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but uneven
The idea behind this book is very interesting and the author has obviously undertaken a prodigious amount of research , which he brings together in an entertaining (if some what... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting pen portraits of 4 empresses
I found this an engrossing book which gave me much information about the lives and circumstances of the 4 resolute women. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Forthwatchers
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Very good read and would thoroughly recommend. Weaves easily in and out of the biographies of the the 4 women in question and very easy to follow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emma Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars four royal women, their lives in different countries,
explained what would happen in ,1913,world war one.
very interesting reading about the four royal women who would be effected by this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Mackeson
5.0 out of 5 stars imperial requiem
this book was well worth reading as the history was great. I enjoyed the story of the last empress of Europe. Read more
Published 8 months ago by valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the lable
The style is gossipy and sometimes repetitive in a hagiographical way, (vide the way the various empresses were revered Alexandra excepted). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Heywood
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