I was expecting this to either be a “how to” manual or a book exclusively about British Royalty. It was actually a good primer to all of European history where Royal families are involved. It’s just 248 pages but packs a lot of history into those few pages.
How to raise kids under the unusual circumstances of being Royal is a subject that never occurred to me, but I turned out to be completely sucked into it. I had passing thoughts through the years about child marriages and how did that exactly work? I mean as a parent (even back in the day) people had to know that teenagers being matched and wedded would be a complicated matter. In some case, children as young as ten were married but then lived apart from their new spouse for as long as it could be arranged.
After being an avid Downton Abbey fan, I also had a lot of unanswered questions about Royal titles. This book explained it all to me. Did you know that Prince Andrew will be the last second son of the sovereign family to have the Title Dule of York? The title will now be passed to his daughter Princess Beatrice and forever stay in her lineage. Even the Royals are changing with modern times. The story of twenty Royal parents going all the way up to present day.
The stories of twenty Royal parents going all the way up to present day are told in this book. If you are a fan of historical fiction this is for you (even though it’s nonfiction) it reads like a story and not a textbook.
I read a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
by Carolyn Harris
May 2, 2017