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Old 04-14-2004, 11:39 AM
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Miscellaneous and Trans-National books

I recently bought the book "Royal Babylon" by Karl Shaw. It contains historical anecdotes and stories about various royal families in Europe. Has anyone read this, and would you say that it is based on facts? Thanks in advance! :flower:
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Old 07-03-2006, 11:29 PM
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From Cradle to Crown

Hi, everyone! Has anyone here bought From Cradle to Crown: British Nannies and Governesses at the World's Royal Courts? It was published a couple of months ago, and it's by Charlotte Zeepvat, who's an excellent author of royal books. If anyone has read it, what do you think? I'd like to hear your comments and opinions, as I am considering buying it. :) :) It's for sale on amazon.co.uk if you want to check out the description.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:18 PM
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Have you bought this book yet? If so, what do you think of it? I really want to buy it, I love Charlotte's books. They are so interesting and well written.

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Old 09-03-2006, 12:09 PM
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I've just finished reading it. It took me over two days - not because I'm a slow reader - but because there are so many facts, and names to remember, that sometimes I felt like my brain was being overloaded with information.

It's an interesting book, don't get me wrong - but at times, I was rather wishing that she would have one chapter for each royal house instead of all that jumping around, in order to be able to tell the stories without distractions. But on the other hand, having themed chapters (Nurses and WWI, for example) also worked to a certain degree.
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Old 09-03-2006, 12:54 PM
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I love Charlotte Zeepvat's books. I have "The Camera and the Tsar" and "Queen Victoria's Family." The only real problem I have with her writing is that she calls the Russian Grand Dukes and Duchesses 'Grand Prince/ss' It really bugged me when I read "Romanov Autumn" but I'm looking forward to reading her new book. I've got it requested on interlibrary loan.
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:34 PM
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Do royals cooperate with authors who are trying to write about them? Or is this information garnered from other sources? I'm wondering if royals give consent to any "authorized" biographies.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:08 PM
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It very much depends. I've started writing a Royal tome and I'm finding that it's extremely hard to get people to co-operate.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:09 PM
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Princess Diana helped her friend Andrew Norton to write her biography, but i think it rarely happens.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:59 PM
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Queen Sofia helped Pilar Urbano to write a biography, as also King Juan Carlos, King Constantine, Princess Irene, Princess Tatiana.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:45 AM
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It very much depends. I've started writing a Royal tome and I'm finding that it's extremely hard to get people to co-operate.
What's a royal tome? Did you write the PR person for the palace directly? Did you try to contact the family? I have been toying with the idea of writing a fictional story based on historical people. Then, I thought it might be fun to write about a royal instead. But I was jst throwing the idea around.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:49 PM
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The biography about King Harald that came out this year was with his cooperation - he, his family, and his friends were interviewed for it. It is the same with the biography of Mette-Marit that is due next year.

My guess is that if you've already published something favourable, either about the royals or about something else, it is going to be easier to get cooperation, than if you're coming from "nowhere".
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What's a royal tome? Did you write the PR person for the palace directly? Did you try to contact the family?
Tome = Book. I'm writing a book with the working title of "Wallis R" which is basically a counterfactual based on what would have happened had Wallis Simpson become Queen Consort, had a son and then become regent as he grew up. Very far fetched but fun to write. I tried to get interviews from several of Wallis's friends and wrote to Princess Michael of Kent who's office said that she was far too busy. Which I expected. It's a touchy subject I suppose.
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Sounds interesting. I want to write something like "Girl With a Pearl Earring" something with real people and a made up story.
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Five Gold Rings

Five Gold Rings is a book about the weddings of the five monarchs from Queen Victoria to Princess Elizabeth and is being issued to coincide with the anniversary of the Queen's wedding in 1947. It's a fairly small book and doesn't go into exhaustive detail, but it's full of the most gorgeous photos of dresses and jewels as well as other memorabilia. Just got my copy from Amazon.co.uk and am having a good wallow.
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Thanks Elspeth. I just looked it up on Amazon.com and not available in the States until late July. But since its fairly inexpensive and liked by you, I'll pre-order a copy.
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Does anyone know whether the book is avaliable [in English] in Australia by Cartarina Hurtig?
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It doesn't look like a reliable book
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Does anyone know whether the book is avaliable [in English] in Australia by Cartarina Hurtig?
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Princess is no profession. It is a title.
There are plenty of Princes and Princesses (and Counts and Countesses, and Barons and Baronesses) having their own businesses, working in a company, whatever.

Indeed not a very reliable sounding book with such a ridiculous title.
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Indeed not a very reliable sounding book with such a ridiculous title.
According to the blurb, the book is about "the ten most famous princesses of the new generation" and along with Letizia, Maxima, Mette Marit etc the list includes a 'Charlotte'. Surely not Miss Charlotte Casiraghi? Has she achieved something we haven't been told about?
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According to the blurb, the book is about "the ten most famous princesses of the new generation" and along with Letizia, Maxima, Mette Marit etc the list includes a 'Charlotte'.
Well i guess itll be intresting but, the question is how reliable is this book?!

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Surely not Miss Charlotte Casiraghi? Has she achieved something we haven't been told about?
breaking the record of a princess's daughter attending fashion shows & wearing couture at such a young age i guess, nothing other than that rings a bellbut i really do like following up on her
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