The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania

The Last Romantic A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania Queen Marie of Roumania was one of the most fascinating crowned heads of Europe and one of the most extraordinary and independent women of our century The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tzar Alex

  • Title: The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania
  • Author: Hannah Pakula
  • ISBN: 9780671622466
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania

    Queen Marie of Roumania was one of the most fascinating crowned heads of Europe and one of the most extraordinary and independent women of our century The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tzar Alexander II of Russia, at seventeen Marie left the glittering courts of Western Europe to marry the Crown Prince of Roumania Drawing upon the young queen s diaries and letters,Queen Marie of Roumania was one of the most fascinating crowned heads of Europe and one of the most extraordinary and independent women of our century The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tzar Alexander II of Russia, at seventeen Marie left the glittering courts of Western Europe to marry the Crown Prince of Roumania Drawing upon the young queen s diaries and letters, the author describes her struggle to gain an independent footing in the male dominated court of Roumania, her early years as one of the most admired beauties of Europe, and the decisive period during World War I when she all but ran the Roumanian Government With the sweep and panache of a great epic, this compelling story is historical biography at its best This enthralling book is like a huge spicy plum pudding stuffed with juicy fruits Maureen Cleave, Evening Standard

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    1. Cindie Harp

      First 80% of book very good -- kind of real life Zelig. Marie, QUeen of Romania, was present for most of first 38 years of 20th century events. Hard to stomach her anti-Semitism, and the book drags at the end. Still, interesting look at a celebrity of her time that has disappeared from the current memory. Not mine -- now

    2. Jean Marie

      I'm always looking for new women from history to study and learn about, always looking for that magical one that will be the focus of my future work in history. Queen Marie was originally introduce to me in Sex with the Queen by Eleanor Herman. The story of her not being allowed to be knocked out when giving birth because of the restrictions she was under due to her uncle and current king fascinated me. And it helped that she was one of the granddaughters of Queen Victoria. This was a very easy [...]

    3. Bogdan Raț

      Cu toate că mi-a plăcut faptul că a prezentat evenimentele istorice din perioada în cauză, pentru a întelege mai bine contextul în care se afla personajul biografiei (și trecând peste una sau două greșeli minore la inceputul cărții cu privire la dăți și existența unori „înțelegeri”) - așadar o mică lecție de istorie - uneori am avut sentimentul că Maria nu mai este în prim plan și se prezintă un interes puțin cam mare pentru alte personaje. Dar per total o biografi [...]

    4. Jessica Susser

      This is one of the most engaging and well-written biographies that I have ever read. This book investigates the life of Queen Marie, royal society of the time, and the socio-political events that took place leading up and following World War I. It allows the reader to glimpse woes, triumphs, and ambitions of small nation-states during the early-mid 1900s, a topic that is not often addressed in US history textbooks. Queen Marie herself is an interesting, intelligent, and colorful character and Ha [...]

    5. Dorothy

      Eh. DISAPPOINTMENT. By the end of the book I didn't care about Queen Marie and just wanted it over. The fault in this book was the reliance on Marie's own autobiography, letters and memoirs to frame the narrative. She was a woman of monumental ego and self-conscious self-awareness that amounted to solipsistic egocentrism. The historically important personages around her were props to her self-aggrandizement. The truly seismic historical events and the autocratic feudalism that was Rumanian cultu [...]

    6. Anna Graham Hunter

      I learned a lot about Queen Victoria's sprawling, dysfunctional brood of grandchildren, the birth of Romania - and why they imported a foreign ruler, a career royal (King Carol I) in 1866 - and WWI. Very engagingly written, and Queen Marie makes an entertaining subject: clueless and self-dramatizing in some respects, yet insightful in others, not to mention prolific (her letters and books are quoted extensively). I loved her description of Woodrow Wilson mansplaining during the Paris talks.

    7. Joan Stewart

      I kept asking myself, "Why don't I LIKE Queen Marie?" as I read this well-researched, informative book. My guess is writer Hannah Pakula (also a human rights activist, husband of late filmmaker Alan Pakula) started out fascinated with her biographical subject but changed her mind a bit midstream. In contrast, I sensed Pakula really admired Vicky, Queen Victoria’s eldest child who became Empress of Germany, in her previous book, "An Uncommon Woman."Queen Marie of Romania had enormous enthusiasm [...]

    8. Jeanet Alessandra

      Estoy completamente enamorada de la forma en que escribe Hanna Pakula. Y necesito que ella escriba las biografías de todas mis figuras históricas favoritas. Les dejo esta quote tan épica de la reina Marie de Rumania: ''I am said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. About that, of course, I cannot judge because I cannot Know. But about the other queens, I know. I am the most beautiful queen in Europe.''

    9. Sole

      Wonderful book and really, really, really, hard to find. Took me years to track a copy. Finally got it from some new&used library in Australia, but it was worth it.Hanna Pakula does an excellent job in detailing the life and struggles of Queen Mary of Roumania. really well researched and entertaining at the same time, which it not exactly easy to do.

    10. Lee Churchill

      My third biography in so many months; a nice, well rounded exploration behind an author that started my formative years in literary appreciation. I look forward to exploring the rest of his catalogue with the bits of history I read behind the stories.

    11. Mary

      Another of Queen Victoria's daughters. Who knew I'd enjoy a book about Roumania [old spelling used in the book:]? I hardly know where it is! I may have to read Hannah Pakula's latest book, The Last Empress, as well.

    12. Ina Solomon

      I loved this book! It is long and well documented and it gave me such insight into the history of Roumania! I finally understand why it is still struggling and in spite of all the natural resources it is not wealthy. I almost want to cry for my RoumaniaI am also a romantic after all!

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