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Posted April 27, 2010
Mothers and daughters, an unusual story
In Triumph's Wake is a fascinating story of three royal mothers, strong women who overcame dire circumstances to make their mark in history, and their daughters. It is a story of feminine strength and courage; how they changed history but they could not save their daughters from tragic lives.
Queen Isabella of Castile and her daughter Catherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's wives. Catherine's marriage to Henry was happy until he met Anne Boleyn; Henry turned against her and she spent the rest of her life imprisoned in a castle.
Empress Maria Therese of Austria and her daughter Marie Antoinette. Julia Gelardi has written a very sympathetic account of Marie Antoinette, a teenage girl thrust into a world she was not ready for, even with her royal upbringing. She will always be remembered for her "Let them eat cake" comment but her story is much deeper than that.
Queen Victoria and her daughter Vicky, the Empress Frederick of Germany who struggled to adapt her English heritage to the rigid and militaristic German court. Letters between Victoria and Vicky are a charming picture of their relationship and their day-to-day lives.
It is a reminder that being royal does not guarantee happiness!
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