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The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One Kindle Edition
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Carter draws masterful portraits of her subjects and tells the complicated story of Europe's failing international relations well...a highly readable and well-documented account (Spectator)
Absorbing. Carter has a good eye for a quote and an ability to bring various personalities to life. A convincing and considerable achievement (Sarah Bradford Literary Review)
Carter's account of how an already dysfunctional family turned toxic is fresh and enjoyable...timely and welcome (Guardian)
Miranda Carter's story is full of vivid quotations...a romp though the palaces of Europe in their last decades before Armageddon (Sunday Times)
Well-paced, a thoroughly polished, professional piece of work. A macabre family saga (A. N. Wilson Evening Standard)
An entertaining study of power and personality portrays the strutting absurdity and grotesque glamour of the last emperors on the eve of catastrophe (Simon Sebag Montefiore Financial Times)
Fascinating. Carter is a gifted storyteller and has written a very readable account(Independent)
Carter's intelligent, entertainging and informative book folds dynastic and political narratives into a panoramic account of Europe's road to war (London Review of Books)
In her group biography of three monarchs, Carter has succeeded in painting their personalities in vivid colours...she brings an excellent biographer's eye for the telling detail...the great appeal of this book lies in it narration and comparative analysis of the life and personality of her imperial subjects...well-researched and expertly written...an engaging and remarkably even-handed portrayal (The Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- File Size : 64431 KB
- Print Length : 784 pages
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- Publisher : Penguin (3 Sept. 2009)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002ZJSU1U
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This was one of those books that makes you sorry you finished it. A fascinating look at the causes of the War to end all Wars which changed the face of Europe forever, full of fascinating characters.
1. Queen Victoria was a selfish, meddling, bullying old lady even when she was young! Her domneering interference in the lives and marriages of her 42 grandchildren caused widespread resentment among the family, and was a key factor in the spread of Haemophilia and other inter-marriage physical and mental problems.
2. This book focused on the 3 cousins: George V (grandfather to the present Queen Elizabeth II): Wilhelm II, first grandson and eldest son of Victoria's eldest daughter Vicky ; and Nicholas II of Russia (the last Romanov) who married Alicky, the youngest daughter of Victoria's daughter Alice.
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3. George V refused sanctuary (twice) to his cousins Nicholas and Alicky and their family in 1918 after Nicholas had abdicated. The result was that the whole family (Nicholas and Alicky and their 5 children) were brutally executed by the Bolsheviks (Red Army) at point blank range in the cellar of a 'safe house' in Siberia.
4. Wilhelm was a mentally unstable megalomaniac who was responsible for the appalling instability in Germany and beyond which led to World War 1.
5. Wilhelm was lucky to be exiled and not executed as a traitor.
6. Britain has no reason whatsoever to be proud of her brutallly established Empire - any more than Hitler had of his short-lived empire.
I learnt a great deal and am now reading and reading to follow up all I learnt from this book.
Thank you to the author
If the fact that you want to keep turning the page to know what happens next is an indication then it was exciting.
One thing: I think that in his personality Donald Trump is a lot like Kaiser Wilhelm II. There was particular piece where Miranda Cater says that when facts really hit the Kaiser in the face, so that he couldn't ignore them, he would retire to his rooms, have a bit of a breakdown and "....recalibrate the truth".