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This is not your typical royal history book. The table of contents reads more like a menu at a good restaurant, where there’s something for everyone’s taste. Each of the 18 chapters tells a unique story about an overlooked or unusual aspect of royal history, spanning centuries and countries, but in no particular order. From first to last, they will take you on a journey thThis is not your typical royal history book. The table of contents reads more like a menu at a good restaurant, where there’s something for everyone’s taste. Each of the 18 chapters tells a unique story about an overlooked or unusual aspect of royal history, spanning centuries and countries, but in no particular order. From first to last, they will take you on a journey through royal history you’ve probably never seen or thought of before. In few – if any – other books will you find the British Monarchy compared to London’s sewer system, or read of the challenges of finding a suitable husband for a 200-plus pound Victorian princess who was nonetheless a “remarkably light dancer.” Rarely are the lives of historic and modern royals from Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great to Prince Charles and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark “illustrated” not by paintings but by tattoos. Even more intimate topics, like the practice of circumcision among royals – including Princes William and Harry – are explored for the sake of inquiring minds. Chances are, even readers who usually find historic royalty boring and stuffy or modern royalty anachronistic and detached will find something to enjoy. Who wouldn’t feel a bit satisfied reading about a celebrated 19th century courtesan being paid to steal the thunder of an old and frumpy queen just to prove that queens are expected to be beautiful? It can also be quite amusing to find that a supposedly formal portrait of the current British Royal Family holds hidden, enigmatic clues to family dynamics and individual personalities that amuse and baffle.In short (much like the Court dwarfs you’ll read about), this book will leave you with a sense that you not only know royal history – and enjoy it – but that you have also journeyed through it and know the royals personally, from who exterminates their palaces right down to their infamous last words."I enjoyed these essays on royalty, which range widely from the beauty of Queens to court dwarfs and royal circumcision. Readers will find an impressively wide span of history enjoyably investigated." – Hugo VickersHugo Vickers, author of “Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of The Duchess of Windsor,” is a writer and broadcaster who has written biographies of many twentieth century figures....

Title : An Unusual Journey Through Royal History, Volume I (Unusual History, #1)
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An Unusual Journey Through Royal History, Volume I (Unusual History, #1) Reviews

  • Lois
    2019-04-08 23:12

    Victoria Martinez’s delightful account of relatively unknown and obscure facts about the royal families of Europe, An Unusual Journey through Royal History (ISBN: 978-1-935712-45-9), which focuses on the British monarchy, but is by no means restricted to it, makes for relaxing and easy reading. Grounded in personally conducted research, all but one of the 18 essays that comprise the work were originally published on Geraldine Voost’s popular website, Unofficial Royalty website, which partly accounts for their light tone, yet informative nature—they are, in short, far from ephemeral.In An Unusual Journey through Royal History, Martinez covers a wide range of topics, from male circumcision, through royal portraiture, to sewerage systems. Martinez’s lively and whimsical approach entices and tantalizes the reader’s interest and curiosity in aspects of blue-blooded lineage, consideration of which might never before have entered the person’s mind. As Martinez states, “I’m never more satisfied than when I’ve ‘converted’ someone from a passive or disinterested observer of history into an inquisitive and involved participant in the past.” Martinez’s imaginative and empathic insights into the peccadilloes and eccentricities of those of royal lineage bring the past to life in a relaxed, offbeat way that is a far cry from the conventional retelling of the past. In her discussion of how the monarchy has changed over the years, she reveals what she truly thinks regarding its relevance to the modern day. Her background in PR enables her to explore the public face of various European monarchies, as it has evolved over the centuries. Many of the topics that she covers have had wide-ranging implications for the dynasties of yore, and have repercussions that stretch even into today. From the divine healing powers of kings, to such longstanding legislation as the Act of Settlement of 1701 and The Royal Marriages Act of 1772, she shows how the behavior of those in power impacted on all strata of society. Martinez’s lack of bias regarding the religious aspects of history is reflected in her own life, as she is a Protestant who is married to a Catholic. Martinez’s essentially generous and nonjudgmental nature has enabled her to produce a work that is relevant and fascinating, and which should appeal to a wide range of readers, from youngsters seeking escape from what some perceive to be the almost inevitable boredom of the history classroom, through keen followers of the paparazzi, to older adults who love to reminisce about the past. An Unusual Journey through Royal History should prove to be a valuable addition to all school and college libraries, as well as relaxing, yet informative, reading for any private collection.

  • Emily-Jane Orford
    2019-04-05 22:07

    Have you ever wondered about the basic hygiene of your favourite royal? Or, how about their body-piercings? Not to mention their bloodline, which, at one point, royals claimed came directly from Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. Certainly their insistence in the past for royals to only marry royals has created a long line of royal successions for each and every monarchy. Did you know, for example, that Queen Elizabeth II is indirectly, or directly, depending on how you look at it, in line of succession to a whole list of other monarchies? If any, or indeed all, of these monarchies were to suddenly run out of hundreds of eligible candidates, Britain’s Queen could step up and take these thrones. It makes you wonder what her ancestor, Queen Victoria, would think; perhaps another British Royal Empire in the making? Queen Victoria would certainly think that it was about time, being one who, with great dignity, believed that her ancestry, and that of her descendents, dated back to Israel’s ancient monarchy, in particular, King David. In fact, there are those who believe that the British people were descended from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. That probably explains the royal obsession with the Jewish ritual of circumcision. An Unusual Journey Through Royal History is exactly what its title suggests. It is a compilation of historical royal trivia: noteworthy, perhaps, definitely rare and, at times, inconceivable. It certainly makes the study of royal history an interesting quagmire, a Pandora’s Box, of the strange, the unusual and, perhaps, sometimes the sordid anomalies of very public lives. Victoria Martinez is a royalist. More important, though, she is an historian of royalty. Her freelance public relations employment allows her to travel extensively and to research the history that fascinates her: royal history. She is a regular columnist for the online site, Unofficial Royalty (http://www.unofficialroyalty.com) and Time Travel-Britain.com. Her articles also appear in print journals such as The European Royal History Journal, Royalty Digest Quarterly and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Society Quarterly. An Unusual Journey Through Royal History is a compilation of Martinez’s essays and articles which have appeared in various online and print publications. Martinez writes in an inviting style, with interesting descriptions and commentary, coupled with lots of well-researched historical facts. An Unusual Journey Through Royal History is a fascinating collection of royal trivia, well written, well researched and well presented. Well done! An Unusual Journey Through Royal History is highly recommended by award-winning author and Allbooks reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.

  • Chibineko
    2019-03-29 23:19

    Everyone knows the basics about royalty. You know that there's a King, a Queen, & veritable hordes of Princes, Princesses, & various other titles. But did you know that the royalty helped usher in London's sewer system? Or that they used to be tattooed? Little tidbits like these are what makes this book so interesting to read & believe me, I'm not a history reader.Victoria Martinez has managed to do a very difficult task with this book. Not only does she do the research to find the stuff that you won't find in your normal textbooks, but she manages to make it fun to read & best of all- EASY to read. There's no dry, boring lines of chewed over text in this book. If you hate history then you need to read this book. If you like history well, it goes without saying that this is a "must download" for you. I have to admit, if more books were written like this then I'd be a bigger history buff. 5/5(Review copy provided by author)

  • Gay Dorsey
    2019-03-27 18:31

    Interesting tidbits about royalty, written as short essays. A fun read, full of weird facts.

  • Rita
    2019-04-20 23:35

    Great, fun, interesting read! Lots of things I didn't know about the royals and how the royal machine works. Enjoyed it and am looking forward to discussing it with my book club.

  • Judy
    2019-04-12 22:20

    Interesting. Particularly enjoyed the chapter on tattooed monarchs. A quick, liight read.

  • Lois
    2019-04-17 21:17

    Victoria Martinez’s delightful account of relatively unknown and obscure facts about the royal families of Europe, An Unusual Journey through Royal History, which focuses on the British monarchy, but is by no means restricted to it, makes for relaxing and easy reading. Grounded in personally conducted research, all but one of the 18 essays that comprise the work were originally published on Geraldine Voost’s popular website, Unofficial Royalty website, which partly accounts for their light tone, yet informative nature—they are, in short, far from ephemeral.In An Unusual Journey through Royal History, Martinez covers a wide range of topics, from male circumcision, through royal portraiture, to sewerage systems. Martinez’s lively and whimsical approach entices and tantalizes the reader’s interest and curiosity in aspects of blue-blooded lineage, consideration of which might never before have entered the person’s mind. As Martinez states, “I’m never more satisfied than when I’ve ‘converted’ someone from a passive or disinterested observer of history into an inquisitive and involved participant in the past.” Martinez’s imaginative and empathic insights into the peccadilloes and eccentricities of those of royal lineage bring the past to life in a relaxed, offbeat way that is a far cry from the conventional retelling of the past. In her discussion of how the monarchy has changed over the years, she reveals what she truly thinks regarding its relevance to the modern day. Her background in PR enables her to explore the public face of various European monarchies, as it has evolved over the centuries. Many of the topics that she covers have had wide-ranging implications for the dynasties of yore, and have repercussions that stretch even into today. From the divine healing powers of kings, to such longstanding legislation as the Act of Settlement of 1701 and The Royal Marriages Act of 1772, she shows how the behavior of those in power impacted on all strata of society. Martinez’s lack of bias regarding the religious aspects of history is reflected in her own life, as she is a Protestant who is married to a Catholic. Martinez’s essentially generous and nonjudgmental nature has enabled her to produce a work that is relevant and fascinating, and which should appeal to a wide range of readers, from youngsters seeking escape from what some perceive to be the almost inevitable boredom of the history classroom, through keen followers of the paparazzi, to older adults who love to reminisce about the past. An Unusual Journey through Royal History should prove to be a valuable addition to all school and college libraries, as well as relaxing, yet informative, reading for any private collection.

  • Monica
    2019-03-27 02:19

    I like the way that Martinez approaching "royal-gazing," incorporating lots of trivia and facts that connect with the everyday lives of many readers. While it was fun to read, there was nothing inspiring or life-altering to be found between the pages, and now that it is several months later, I don't have a lot of memories of any specifics from the book.

  • Martina Taliano
    2019-04-16 00:11

    Interesting and entertaining

  • david tobias
    2019-03-25 21:28

    Easy readingjust when I thought there was nothing new that could be said, this little book came along and surprised me.