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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive - Queen Marie of Romania re-discovered, 22 July 2004
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This review is from: Later Chapters of My Life: Lost Memoir of Queen Marie of Romania (Hardcover)
Later Chapters of My Life: The Lost Memoirs of Queen Marie of Romania, is the 4th part of the well-known memoirs of Queen Marie of Romania. This part was talked about but was until now never published as the Queen passed away and the manuscript was lost. The editor of this wonderful book, Diana Mandache, managed to find the lost memoirs and published them.
Who was Marie of Romania? She was the daughter of the British Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh and later sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Her mother was the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Therefore she was on her father's side one of the granddaughters of Queen Victoria and on her mother's side the granddaughter of Czar Alexander II.. She married the Crown Prince of Romania, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern, and became Queen Consort of Romania in 1914. She played an important part in the Romanian politics during her husband' s life time, was a well-known writer and was known as "the mother-in-law of the Balkans" as her children married into Balkan Royalty. She was the mother of the ill-faded King Carol II. She was not only a very beautiful woman, but a woman of energy, standing, determination, political thinking. She was in many ways flamboyant as the photos proved. Designed for the typical fate of a 19th century princess she developed into a modern woman who could, wanted and did play an important role in the affairs of her adopted country. Especially after World War I she gave Romania a face and pushed the course of her country at the Versailles Peace Conference.
The memoirs basically deal with the time after the World War I and her efforts. But she describes as well family relations, the personalities she met. But not only that: she gives us as well a piece of her mind and she is open and candid about it. So these memoirs are partly not a typical royal memoirs. She openly admits not been able to say all and so she is for instance quiet about her scandalous son Carol and his marriage history causing so much up and downs and family rift. I was amazed how modern Queen Marie' s writing style is and how open she is about things. I loved especially how she describes the life of the cushioned and sheltered life of the British Royal Family and how she put the US-President Wilson in his place. There is so much in these pages that one wishes that she could have finished them properly and did hot have to encounter all these troubles caused by her son Carol.
I just loved reading this and I am grateful to Diana Mandache for having found these lost memoirs. Diana Mandache has complemented the memoirs by family tables, notes, great pictures and introductory remarks which the reader will find very helpful. All in all a great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent, 16 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Later Chapters of My Life: Lost Memoir of Queen Marie of Romania (Hardcover)
With great talent and very good descriptions, Queen Mary recreates her role in the war, the Peace Conference in Páris in 1919, where she had a very impprtant part, her coronation, her impressions on other european royalties like King George V, and her last meeting with her mother, Marie Alexandrovna, after Russian Empire fall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Gossip!, 17 Jun. 2013
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Anyone who has read some of the exploits of Queen Marie of Romania will already know that this remarkable woman was a "one off" even during an age where this trait was probably more common than it is today. Queen Marie knew everyone there was to know, and consequently this later chapter of her life continues to shed new light on the great and good of the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Marie re-discovered, 6 May 2009
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Later Chapters of My Life: The Lost Memoirs of Queen Marie of Romania, is the 4th part of the well-known memoirs of Queen Marie of Romania. This part was talked about but was until now never published as the Queen passed away and the manuscript was lost. The editor of this wonderful book, Diana Mandache, managed to find the lost memoirs and published them.
Who was Marie of Romania? She was the daughter of the British Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh and later sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Her mother was the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Therefore she was on her father's side one of the granddaughters of Queen Victoria and on her mother's side the granddaughter of Czar Alexander II.. She married the Crown Prince of Romania, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern, and became Queen Consort of Romania in 1914. She played an important part in the Romanian politics during her husband' s life time, was a well-known writer and was known as "the mother-in-law of the Balkans" as her children married into Balkan Royalty. She was the mother of the ill-faded King Carol II. She was not only a very beautiful woman, but a woman of energy, standing, determination, political thinking. She was in many ways flamboyant as the photos proved. Designed for the typical fate of a 19th century princess she developed into a modern woman who could, wanted and did play an important role in the affairs of her adopted country. Especially after World War I she gave Romania a face and pushed the course of her country at the Versailles Peace Conference.

The memoirs basically deal with the time after the World War I and her efforts. But she describes as well family relations, the personalities she met. But not only that: she gives us as well a piece of her mind and she is open and candid about it. So these memoirs are partly not a typical royal memoirs. She openly admits not been able to say all and so she is for instance quiet about her scandalous son Carol and his marriage history causing so much up and downs and family rift. I was amazed how modern Queen Marie' s writing style is and how open she is about things. I loved especially how she describes the life of the cushioned and sheltered life of the British Royal Family and how she put the US-President Wilson in his place. There is so much in these pages that one wishes that she could have finished them properly and did hot have to encounter all these troubles caused by her son Carol.
I just loved reading this and I am grateful to Diana Mandache for having found these lost memoirs. Diana Mandache has complemented the memoirs by family tables, notes, great pictures and introductory remarks which the reader will find very helpful. All in all a great book!
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