In Triumph's Wake

In Triumph's Wake

Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory

Book - 2008
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The powerful and moving story of three royal mothers whose quest for power led to the downfall of their daughters.

Queen Isabella of Castile, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and Queen Victoria of England were respected and admired rulers whose legacies continue to be felt today. Their daughters--Catherine of Aragon, Queen of Engl∧ Queen Marie Antoinette of France; and Vicky, the Empress Frederick of Germany--are equally legendary for the tragedies that befell them, their roles in history surpassed by their triumphant mothers. In Triumph's Wake is the first book to bring togetherthe poignant stories of these mothers and daughters in a single narrative.

Isabella of Castile forged a united Spain and presided over the discovery of the New World, Maria Theresa defeated her male rivals to claim the Imperial Crown, and Victoria presided over the British Empire. But, because of their ambition and political machinations, each mother pushed her daughter toward a marital alliance that resulted in disaster. Catherine of Aragon was cruelly abandoned by Henry VIII who cast her aside in search of a male heir and tore England away from the Pope. Marie Antoinette lost her head on the guillotine when France exploded into Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Vicky died grief-stricken, horrified at her inability to prevent her son, Kaiser Wilhelm, from setting Germany on a belligerent trajectory that eventually led to war.

Exhaustively researched and utterly compelling, In Triumph's Wake is the story of three unusually strong women and the devastating consequences their decisions had on the lives of their equally extraordinary daughters.

Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312371050
Branch Call Number: 940.099 GEL
Characteristics: xxiii, 404 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Nov 02, 2013

This is a wonderful book which I enjoyed from beginning to end. Well written and well documented, it is a real gem. I have enjoyed all of Ms. Gelardi's books and wish only that she writes many more.

May 23, 2013

Very interesting book comparing the lives of the royal mothers and daughters. The daughters suffered greatly in comparison to their mothers. Not too bogged down in detail but a clear picture of what these women went through.

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