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Charlotte and Feodora: A troubled mother-daughter relationship in imperial Germany (English Edition)

Charlotte and Feodora: A troubled mother-daughter relationship in imperial Germany (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

John Van der Kiste

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In 1900, almost two years after Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen married Prince Henry XXX of Reuss, her mother Charlotte, eldest sister of the German Emperor William, told a friend that her daughter was beyond her comprehension, and vowed to exclude her from her home ‘for ever’. Charlotte had long had an uneasy relationship with her mother, now the Empress Frederick, daughter of Queen Victoria, but her relationship with her only child astonished the family. Mother and daughter both suffered from porphyria, a disorder which appears to have exacerbated the personality differences between them. Charlotte, a frivolous-minded young woman known for her love of society life and gossip, and later her involvement in the anonymous letters scandal which plagued Berlin high society from 1892 onwards, had never really wanted children, while Feodora’s life was embittered by her failure to have a family. This short life of both women examines the troubled lives which led to estrangement and in Feodora’s case ended in tragedy. (Length approx 18,000 words, 6 illustrations)


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  • Sprache: Englisch
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11 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Those zany Hohenzollerns....... 11. Dezember 2012
Von A. Pezel - Veröffentlicht auf
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This short book on the sister of Kaiser William II of Germany, Charlotte and her daughter Feodora is interesting if you are very interested in the Hohenzollern family. The book is very short and a lot of people are introduced without very much background, so if you aren't a genealogical whiz with the Royal Houses of Europe you might be a little lost. I adore the books of John Van Der Kiste and recommend them heartily. I felt this small essay of a book was rushed and seemed to be more informative about familial relationships between several family members and not just the two listed in the title. The inclusion of a genealogical table would have been great for those readers not so sure about the members of the Imperial Family. It was definitely worth the $1.99 I spent on the Kindle version.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Porphyria in this family 6. Januar 2013
Von Mariel Strauss - Veröffentlicht auf
Porphyria can cause emotional flux. To explain this, one would have to describe how porphyria does this. It affects the nerves, and the nerve problem can start in the brain, which can be damaged if there are too many porphyrins in the blood. The excess porphyrins are created in a chain reaction when a "trigger" is present. A trigger can be many things: pharmaceuticals which are unsafe for porphyria patients (not all are unsafe), environmental chemicals such as pesticides, household chemicals such as those in new rugs, rug cleaner, new furniture, etc., and a few foods and drinks (all alcohol). Thus, porphyria is called a neuro-visceral disease. It's most frequent symptom is acute abdominal distress, but many other physical problems can arise.
In order to make this more clear, the author could have described this. However, most people do not know much, if anything, about porphyria, and the author may not have researched it.
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting read for those interested in pre-WWI royalty 6. April 2013
Von Tom C. - Veröffentlicht auf
This was an interesting, concise analysis of a difficult relationship. It offers both psychological and medical explanations as possible causes for that relationship, as well as Charlotte's other difficult relationships with siblings, parents, cousins, spouses and friends. As more documentary material becomes available to be used by thoughtful and knowledgable researchers such as Mr. Van der Kiste, events such as the rupture between Charlotte and her brother the Kaiser are explained by both her propensity to gossip and to be the subject of gossip, as well as the physical and psychological issues they each faced. This research also helps to move these people from the detached, other-worldly, rarified atmosphere of royalty to the level of the rest of us who live in a world where people and events are influenced by mental illness, medical conditions, bad luck, poor choices in mates, arrogance, pride, shame, thwarted hopes, sibling rivalry, disappointments and external shocks, such as wars. This short book packs in all of these things, and also provides insight into the lives of Charlotte's extended family of European royalty.

This work will appeal to those who are interested in pre-World War I European royalty and how they functioned within that world as well as how they coped with its aftermath.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen History of the fading monarchies. 5. April 2013
Von JANICE SCHLIERF - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love history and this book is informative. It amazes me how interrelated the European aristocracy was. WWI was a war fought between cousins on both sides. The book also shows a lack of feeling between mothers and daughters, that may have began with Queen Victoria's own troubled relationship with her mother and was passed down from generation to generation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forgotten Feodora 18. August 2013
Von Historian - Veröffentlicht auf
John van der Kiste provides the best look available at a forgotten German princess, little-loved in life, and forgotten in death. An interesting look at a life saddened by illness, depression and the selfishness of others.
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