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Imperial Requiem (Second Edition)

Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires

The epic story of four reigning consorts, the wives of the monarchs of Europe's last empires during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

At the centers of these four great imperial monarchies were Augusta Victoria, Germany's revered empress whose unwavering devotion to her bombastic husband, Kaiser Wilhelm II, made her a national icon; Mary, whose Cinderella story and immense personal strength made her the heart and soul of the British monarchy for more than four decades; Alexandra, the ill-fated tsarina who helped topple the Russian monarchy through her ineffective rule; and Zita, the pious, resolute empress of Austria whose story of loss and exile captivated the world's attention for seventy years.

Using a diverse array of primary and secondary sources, letters, diary entries, and interviews with descendants, Imperial Requiem provides an in-depth look into the lives of four princesses who married for love, graced imperial thrones, and watched as their worlds were torn apart by war, revolution, heartache, and loss.

 

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