King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War

Գրքի շապիկի երեսը
Walker, 10 հլս, 2007 թ. - 432 էջ

The extraordinary family story of George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II: they were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.

Known among their families as Georgie, Willy, and Nicky, they were, respectively, the royal cousins George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia--the first two grandsons of Queen Victoria, the latter her grandson by marriage. In 1914, on the eve of world war, they controlled the destiny of Europe and the fates of millions of their subjects. The outcome and their personal endings are well known--Nicky shot with his family by the Bolsheviks, Willy in exile in Holland, Georgie still atop his throne. Largely untold, however, is the family saga that played such a pivotal role in bringing the world to the precipice.

Drawing widely on previously unpublished royal letters and diaries, made public for the first time by Queen Elizabeth II, Catrine Clay chronicles the riveting half century of the royals' overlapping lives, and their slow, inexorable march into conflict. They met frequently from childhood, on holidays, and at weddings, birthdays, and each others' coronations. They saw themselves as royal colleagues, a trade union of kings, standing shoulder to shoulder against the rise of socialism, republicanism, and revolution. And yet tensions abounded between them.

Clay deftly reveals how intimate family details had deep historical significance: the antipathy Willy's mother (Victoria's daughter) felt toward him because of his withered left arm, and how it affected him throughout his life; the family tension caused by Otto von Bismarck's annexation of Schleswig and Holstein from Denmark (Georgie's and Nicky's mothers were Danish princesses); the surreality surrounding the impending conflict. "Have I gone mad?" Nicholas asked his wife, Alexandra, in July 1914, showing her another telegram from Wilhelm. "What on earth does Willy mean pretending that it still depends on me whether war is averted or not?" Germany had, in fact, declared war on Russia six hours earlier. At every point in her remarkable book, Catrine Clay sheds new light on a watershed period in world history.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

KING, KAISER, TSAR: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War

Հաճախորդի կարծիքը  - Kirkus

Did sibling rivalry lead to the slaughter that was World War I? This psychobiography makes a good case in the affirmative.BBC documentarian Clay delivers only a bit of news, but lights up some of the ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

Հաճախորդի կարծիքը  - Meggo - LibraryThing

I always knew that George V of England, Wilhelm II of Prussia and Nicholas II of Russia were cousins, on an intellectual level, since they are all grandchildren of the great Queen Victoria. But I ... Read full review


Georgie the Second Son
Nicky the Third Cousin
The Education of Three Royal Cousins
Հեղինակային իրավունք

15 այլ բաժինները չեն ցուցադրվում

Այլ խմբագրություններ - View all

Common terms and phrases

Հեղինակի մասին (2007)

Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for more than twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries. King, Kaiser, Tsar is her third book, resulting from her documentary of the same title. She is married and lives in London with her three children.

Բիբլիոգրաֆիական տվյալներ