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The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania was one of the most brilliant monarchs of the 20th century. This recently discovered last volume of her memoirs covers the period following the First World War, and the new political configuration in united Romania.
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This final volume, ‘Later Chapters of My Life’, a previously unpublished manuscript, was for a long time believed to have been destroyed by King Carol II after his mother’s death. Marie’s last private secretary, Christine Galitzi, knew ‘of the new book the Queen was writing as a sequel to The Story of My Life’. She believed that ‘after the Queen’s death Carol ordered the manuscript to be destroyed’.
The writing of these last memoirs was undertaken on the basis of notes from queen’s diary. Short time after the publication of the first volume from ‘The Story of My Life’ the Queen was asked to continue the writing of her captivating recollections. The first mentions about starting of the fourth volume appeared during August 1934 in the correspondence between the Queen and Ray Harris Baker, the founder of Queen Marie’s Collection.
The completion of this volume of memoirs by the Queen continued with many difficulties stemming from pressures from her son Carol II He was envying the queen because of her widely recognized prestige. The result was that she decided to hide her private papers. Also from 1931, as a measure of precaution against Carol’s intrusions, she arranged to have a part of her correspondence received through King Alexander of Yugoslavia, her son-in-law, in Belgrade and in Bucharest at the Yugoslav Legation.
Documents confirm Marie’s fears during 1930s and her wish to place the diaries and other personal papers in a safe place at the British Legation in Bucharest. This was a political sensitive action and was possible only for a short time. The intention to keep her papers, material for her memoirs, in a safe place was paralleled by similar situation which occurred between Empress Frederick and her son Kaiser Wilhelm II. The same kind of restrictions and pressure resulted that her memoirs and Kaiser Frederick III’ s personal papers to be smuggled out of Germany by the British Embassy in Berlin and stored in England.
‘After two years’ occupation, Romania had been mercilessly plundered; the enemy had laid hands upon absolutely everything. Food was becoming scarcer and scarcer; we were once more facing famine. . . .’
‘Mr Hoover . . had no desire to charm! Spare of words, dry, reserved, a little frowning, his attitude was not particularly congenial, but . . . we met and talked earnestly as I had heard of his great competence, and I had just cause for which to plead.’
‘Mr. Lloyd George loved talking, company stimulating him; he was full of fun and wit; thoroughly enjoying his own jokes. It let myself be carried away by his undeniable charm, all the time wondering how much he really understood about Europe.’
‘ . . . a year old letter from Ducky [the queen’s sister Victoria Melita who married the Tsar’s cousin] reached me from Finland where they were still quasi-prisoners and unable to get away. They had lost absolutely everything, nothing today remains to them, not even hope.’
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Book Description Condition: New. The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania distinguished herself during the First World War through her charity work and informal political-diplomatic activity. This recently discovered last volume of her memoirs -- long believed to have been destroyed -- includes both the trivia and intimate detail of her daily life and covers the period following the First World War, the economic recovery and the new political configuration in reunited Romania. The 1919 Peace Conference at which she informally represented the country's interests, meeting Clemenceau, Poincare and Hoover, her informal visits to Paris and London, where she stayed with George V and Queen Mary, and her visit in Transylvania are broadly depicted in these chapters. Seller Inventory # 1543
Book Description The History Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110750936916
Book Description The History Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0750936916
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0750936916