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Grimaldis of Monaco

Grimaldis of Monaco

by Anne Edwards

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scandals outweight the grace notes in Edwards's (Queen Mary and the House of Windsor) utterly engrossing dynastic history of Monaco. A stronghold for warring armies from 200 B.C. onward, Portus Monachus became a possession of the Grimaldi family during the 12th century and the principality has survived against cataclysmic events in neighboring countries and greedy exploitation by Monaco's rulers as well as by outsiders. But in our own day, Edwards shows, Prince Rainier III has proved to be a wise governor, improving life for his subjects while guarding his Mediterranean rock from would-be marauders. The most recent plunderer, Aristotle Onassis, was bested by Rainier in a showdown in 1964, which Edwards describes as having all the elements of the shootout in the Hollywood Western. The bullet, however, was a check for $ 10 million which the principality dispatched to the Greek shipping tycoon as payment for his entire stock in the Societe de Bains de Mer, which controlled Monaco's major assets, including a gambling casino, two sporting clubs and a hotel. Exclaimed Onassis: I was robbed! Photos not seen by PW. BOMC alternate. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Unlike most popular works about the ruling dynasty of Monaco, this entertaining popular history starts with its origins. The first section, 1215-1795, suffers from oversimplification, as Edwards tries to condense complex political and social history into too little space. As the narrative moves into more recent times, the writing becomes more relaxed and clearer. Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and their families dominate the last third of the book. As one would expect of Edwards, the author of numerous popular biographies of historical, political, and cinematic figures, the emphasis is on the social--marriages, divorces, affairs, feuds, and grievances. Political and economic events are given scant attention. There are some factual errors, but generally the history is accurate if superficial. Libraries already owning much of the large literature about Prince Rainier and Princess Grace probably don't need this book. However, the author's popularity and the substantial publicity planned may create demand. BOMC alternate.-- Barbara Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis

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