Monday, August 20, 2012

Royal Gatherings – A Work in Progress

Suggested by our reader, Larry Russell, Ilana Miller and I put our thinking hats to work and came up with a new book idea: Royal Gatherings.

Currently, here at Eurohistory we are busy getting envelopes labeled and readied to mail ERHJ LXXXVII to subscribers. Our printer is located in Berkeley and they supply UC Berkeley with large quantities of class materials. As they are at the beginning of the school year, they are a bit overwhelmed. They apologized for delaying printing of our latest issue, but promised to have it ready by Wednesday. In the meantime, we are busy with ERHJ LXXXVIII (August 2012), as well as with The Other Grand Dukes – Sons and Grandsons of Russia's Grand Dukes and my newest contribution, Victorian Legacy – Queen Victoria, Her Descendants and the Princes of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. I expect these two books out right after the other, the Russian book coming out in September.

Meanwhile, both Ilana Miller and I have started working on Royal Gatherings. We have selected a healthy number of such royal events. These catalogue European royal gatherings from 1859-1917 and range from the wedding of King Francesco II of the Two Sicilies and Duchess Marie in Bavaria and the alliance formed by Prince Heinrich of Prussia and his first cousin Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, to the wedding of Archduke Karl of Austria and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

The wedding of Heinrich of Prussia and Irene of Hesse is incredibly unique in many ways. Firstly, it was the first wedding between descendants of Queen Victoria as both bride and groom were her grandchildren. Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, it was among the first royal weddings ever photographed from inside the chapel, thus providing us with a historical document of unique importance.

We trust readers will enjoy this book, which we hope will start a series!

The wedding of Prince Heinrich of Prussia and
Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine.

1 comment:

  1. I'm liking this idea very much. Thanks for posting the photo of the Very Amiables infamous 1888 wedding. Ilana Miller's "The Four Graces" had another great photo of this scene. Though the brave, noble Kaiser Fredrich III must have departed to rest. Weeks later he was dead of cancer and history took one of its turn with the accession of his not-so-noble son, Wilhelm II.

    I love royal photo books especially on events chronicled in various bios and histories. This wedding in particular had all sorts of drama and conflict up-front and behind the scenes.