Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Castelul Bran by Diana Mandache




I wish the Romanian publisher Curtea Veche would see the wisdom of a  bilingual text for Diana Mandache's excellent books.  She is a well-known Romanian royal historian, who is known outside Romania, and,she is fluent in  English.

Curtea Veche would be able to market her books outside of Romania -- and they would sell more copies.  More money for the publisher and more royalties for Diana.

Castelul Bran (Castle Bran) is her latest book.  Diana has access to the Romanian archives and she makes brilliant use of Queen Marie's papers -- and the the majority of the photos in the book are previously unpublished.

In 1920, the citizens of Brasov, Romania, offered  Bran to Queen Marie, and she accepted the offer.  The Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, soon became Marie's favorite residence.  She often spent weeks at a time at  Bran.  It was also a favorite residence of her youngest daughter, Princess Ileana, who was married to Archduke Anton of Austria.   Ileana inherited the castle after her mother's death in 1938.   She and her family moved from Austria to Bran, where they lived until the Communists forced them into exile.

The castle was eventually returned to three of Ileana's children, Archduke Dominic, Archduchess Maria Magdalene and Archduchess Elisabeth.  The castle is now open to the public.

Most of the photographs are of Queen Marie,  The story of Bran is also about how she saw Bran as peaceful, and her guests were close friends,  Princess Ileana, and two of Marie's sisters, Victoria Melita (Ducky)  and Beatrice.    My favorite photo shows Queen Marie talking with her nephew, Grand Duke Wladimir, who is playing with a dog, and looking out of open windows are Ducky, her younger daughter, Kira, and Princess Ileana.

The photos are worth the price of the book.  216 pages.  Photos (sometimes  more than one) on nearly every page.

The price of the book is 49 Lei.  This is about $13.00 A real bargain.  Yes, you can order from the publisher.   I think I paid $25.00 including postage.  The site is in Romanian.  You can use your credit cards.  Your browser should have a built in translator.   I have never had a problem ordering from the publisher.

http://www.curteaveche.ro/castelul-bran.html

Diana's books on  Cotroceni and Balcicul remain in print.

http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2015/08/cotroeniul-regal-by-diana-mandache.html
http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2015/02/balcicul-reginei-maria-by-diana-mandache.html

http://www.bran-castle.com/

Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs

  


Mark your calendars,  Greg King and Penny Wilson's latest collaboration, Twilight of Empire, will published in the USA  by St. Martin's Press.   The UK pub date is December 13.  Same publisher.

Please use these links to order the books.  


News from Greg King and Penny Wilson



Many of you know that I write books with my friend, Greg King. We have a good few under our belts at this point - but there have always been those subjects that we really, really, REALLY want to write about - but which won't sell to a publisher who - naturally - has to keep an eye on the bottom line. But now, thanks to Amazon's self-publishing facility, we can move ahead on those subjects - and hopefully on many others.

So, I'd like to introduce you to King and Wilson Books. Our first offering will be published in the first few days of December. It's probably the most comprehensive account in English of the Romanov Family and their history in the Crimea - from the first days of casual visits to Alupka to the first estate at Oreanda to the last desperate days of Empire when twenty members of the Romanov Family - the Dowager Empress, her daughter and grandchildren, and the Nicholaievichi Grand Dukes and their families - accompanied by twenty-five ladies and gentlemen and thirty-six servants, left Russia for the last time on board a British battleship, watching Yalta and the shores of their beloved Russia fade into the past.

This book is called "Imperial Crimea: Estates, Enchantment and the Last of the Romanovs." It is written by me, Greg, Sue Woolmans and Coryne Hall. For more details on the book, or to comment, please visit our Facebook page - and we hope you'll "like" us while you're there!

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100022451813448

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Crown -- Coming soon on DVD




The first series of The Crown, produced by Netflix, will be released on DVD in November.   If you use these links to purchase,  I make a few pennies per sale .. it adds up.  Thanks.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Madam, Where are Your Mangoes? by Desmond de Silva, QC





Sir Desmond de Silva, QC, has written his memoirs, Madam,  Where are Your Mangoes (Quartet)  I look forward to reading this book.  Sir Desmond is the former husband of Princess Katarina of Serbia.  They have a daughter, Victoria.  




www.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/an-account-of-postwar-empire-and-colonies-madam-where-are-your-mangoes-reviewed/

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Absolute must haves for every Royal books Collection

Seriously, if you do not have these two books by Theo Aronson  .... Order them.   The late Theo Aronson remains one of the best royal biographers ever ... not scholarly reading, but informative and factual.


Queen Victoria's Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury








https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/11/queen-victorias-matchmaking-deborah-cadbury-review-ripping-tale

I am not sure Cadbury will be telling us anything new.  Looking forward to reading and reviewing it.

Bloomsbury is the UK publisher.   PublicAffairs is publishing the American edition.