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  1. The Prussian Princesses: The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II
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  2. The Prussian Princesses: The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II

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** This electronic edition includes 43 black-and-white photographs **

Kaiser Friedrich III and his consort Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain, had six children who lived to maturity, the eldest being Kaiser Wilhelm II. The three younger sisters, Victoria, Sophie and Margaret, were particularly supportive of their mother during her widowhood and remained close throughout their lives. Like their parents, they would know much sorrow as adults. Victoria's romance with Alexander of Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria, was thwarted by Bismarck for political reasons and she married twice, firstly to a minor German prince and secondly to a young Russian adventurer who left her to die in poverty. Sophie married the future King Constantine of Greece, whose ill-starred reign saw them forced to leave their throne not once but twice, both dying in exile. Margaret married a prince of Hesse-Cassel, both became members of the Nazi party, and she lived to see her family and house become victims of theft on a major scale at the hands of occupying forces at the end of the Second World War. Using previously unpublished sources, this is the first biography to tell the lives of all three princesses.

** This electronic edition includes 43 black-and-white photographs **

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John Van der Kiste
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I really enjoyed this book. There is a real dearth of information on the sister's of Wilhelm II--all granddaughters of Britain's Queen Victoria. The author has previously written a book on the eldest of the sisters, Charlotte, so the focus here is on the 3 youngest--Queen Sophie of the Hellenes, Princess Adolf (Victoria) of Schaumburg-Lippe and Prince Frederick Charles (Margarethe) of Hesse-Kassel. Each of the women had lives worthy of stand-alone stories. Queen Sophie would undergo withering condemnation during WW1 for her German birth, suffer exile twice, the early death of her husband, the death of her 2nd son Alexander I (unable to talk or see him in his last years due to her exile), the marital breakdowns of her eldest son George II and eldest daughter Helen of Roumania and her own eventual death from cancer--the same disease that claimed her parents. Victoria, the 2nd daughter after Charlotte, is mostly known for her doomed romantic entanglements. Hoping to marry the dashing... Read more
I like John Van der Kiste. I like that he picks the "B team" historical figures. Names that are in major historical biographies, but not necessarily major players. The three younger sisters of the Kaiser pop up constantly in German, English, Greek, and Russian history and the only impression you're given is that they where "the good children" of Vickie and Fritz. Van der Kiste's book gives them substance and depth; they become people, not just footnotes in some one else's life story.
The Prussian Princesses is a good book. Van der Kiste gives a sympathetic look at their lives, but also doesn't varnish the truth regarding their prejudges and foibles. Like most of his books, it's an easy read, but well worth it for some one who loves royal history.
I thought this book was very informative with the personal lives of the Kaiser's sisters. It kept my interest throughout the entire book. John Van der Kiste is one of my favorite authors on the English and European royal families.
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