The Royal Marriage Market of Europe by Princess Catherine Radziwill, (1858 – 1941) with 8 photos, was published in New York in 1915. (303 pages)
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Chapter 1. The House of Habsburg — Chapter 2. The Hohenzollerns — Chapter 3. The Romanoffs — Chapter 4. The Last of the Nassaus — Chapter 5. Luxemburg and Belgium — Chapter 6. Italy and Servia — Chapter 7. Greeece, Roumania and Bulgaria — Chapter 8. Spain and Portugal — Chapter 9. Denmark and its Alliances — Chapter 10. Saxony and other German Courts — Chapter 11. The Royal House of Sweden —
Chapter 12. The Bourbon-Orleans Dynasty — Chapter 13, The English Royal Marriages
...In former times Royal marriages were considered the most important events in the political world and their negotiation was generally entrusted to the ablest diplomats in Europe. Up to the latter half of the last century Sovereigns sought that the marriage alliances into which they entered should prove advantageous to the countries over which they held sway. It is certain that politics, in a far greater degree than personal feelings, were at the bottom of the marriages among the different dynasties of Europe, and that the relations of the various European empires and kingdoms depended considerably upon the direction in which these alliances were contracted.
...At even so recent a period as the middle of the nineteenth century, the question of a suitable consort for the son and heir of King Louis Philippe caused ink to flow copiously in the chancelleries of the great capitals, as upon it was supposed to depend the consolidation of the Orleans dynasty on its usurped throne.
...Nevertheless, some marriages — for instance, as those of the then Prince Frederick of Prussia with the Princess Royal of England, and of the Duke of Edinburgh with the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia — caused a certain amount of sensation in diplomatic circles, as to the possible consequences that might follow upon them. But on the whole, nowadays, these events are looked upon as purely private matters, which concern only those inmediately connected with them.
...It is probable, however, that, after the present war has come to an end, Royal alliances will become once more subjects of general interest, and of greater importance than has been the case during the last twenty years or so. This fact has led me to include in my book a review of personages eligible to become one day the consorts of European rulers, or one or other of their relatives, in addition to placing before my readers a short recital of the circumstances which have attended the unions of the various important Royal personages in Europe. I have endeavoured, also, in these chapters to show the part that these unions have had in relation to the Great War which has made Europe a continent of widows and weeping mothers.
...The subject is equally interesting from another point of view, because it is tolerably certain that henceforward few Royalties will seek brides in the German marriage market, as formerly was customary among reigning houses. Consequently, the range of choice will find itself limited, which fact is bound to bring about with it drastic changes in regard to the leading dynasties of Europe, and may even do away with the rule which requires Royalty to match only with its equals. Seen in that aspect, the question of Royal marriages has acquired such considerable interest that it becomes both opportune and informative to relate some details of the Royal outlook in regard to marriage. It is this congenial task which I have set myself to fulfil to the best of my ability, with the amount of information which I have at my disposal, and in the hope that it may prove acceptable to my readers.
Princess Catherine Radziwill
List of Illustrations:
Princess Mary of Great Britain and Ireland — Archduke Charles Francis Joseph, Archduchess Zita, and their son Archduke Francis Joseph Otto — The Royal Family of Russia — Queen Wilhelmina of Holland and Princess Juliana — Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide of Luxemburg — The Royal Family of Belgium — The Royal Family of Denmark — The Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden and Family
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