Your are invited to the book launch of “Fatherland and Destiny. The Crown Princess of Romania” by Diana Mandache.
Thursday 31 May 2012, 2 pm, at The ‘Bookfest’
Bucharest (Romexpo), Pavilion C2, LITERA publishing house
“Fatherland and Destiny” [Patrie si Destin] brings for the first time together, a significant part of the myriad of events, places and people encountered throughout the life of Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Margarita of Romania. Her destiny is often congruent with that of her father, King Michael, and her life has been profoundly influenced by the more recent history of her country and south east Europe. His Majesty is the one who, by naming Princess Margarita as his successor, has shown vision in understanding the necessity to adapt to the realities of the new century, paralleling the approach of his illustrious predecessors King Carol I or King Ferdinand, in the 19th or the 20th century. Modernity and adaptability to new conditions thus ensures the continuation of the monarchy. Diana Mandache
From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.
In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines—the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.
Queen Elizabeth II visits the British Library to open an exhibition entitled “Royal Manuscripts: the Genius of Illumination”.
This is Sophie de Roumanie’s long-awaited third photography book.
As poetic as her first two books, this new volume shows you the Brittany she loves from a delightfully enchanting point of view.
The photographs in this book complement each other and take you through the different departements which make up the Brittany of today and of yesterday. You will discover this region through her images much the same way she did close to ten years ago.
Sophie fell under the spell of Brittany and settled there. Her work reveals the soul of Brittany as only a Breton artist can, and it can be said that she is Breton by adoption.
By opening this book, you will enter the magical world of Breton beauty that Sophie’s artistry captures for you.
Voici le troisième livre de photographies tant attendu de Sophie de Roumanie.
Tout aussi poétique que les précédents, ce nouveau volume propose au lecteur un point de vue tout à fait charmant de la région où elle a choisi de s’installer, la Bretagne.
Les photographies dans ce livre se complémentent et vous emmènent dans les différents départements dont est faite la Bretagne d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. Sophie de Roumanie vous fait découvrir la Bretagne de façon aléatoire, à traver sont objectif, tout comme elle-même la découvrit il y a bientôt dix ans.
Bien qu’elle ne soit pas Bretonne de naissance, ses photographies sont autant de tableaux à découvrir puisqu’ils reflètent l’âme bretonne que seul un artiste breton peut le révéler. On peut dire que Sophie de Roumanie est bretonne d’adoption.
En ouvrant cet ouvrage, vous pénétrez dans un monde de beauté ou se traduit l’affection profonde que le photographe ressent et traduit pour vous par le biais de son appareil photo.
The Letters of Marie Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, Duchess of Edinburgh and her daughter, Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Crown Princess of Romania (1879-1900); hardback, 472 pp., 40 photos , RRB, October 2011.
Marie Alexandrovna’s life and character has been imprinted by her upbringing at the Russian imperial court, as the daughter of Tsar Alexander II, in a grandiose and yet level-headed milieu that in a great measure personified her father’s way of life and vision of the world. Her personality was thus a distinctive mix of dominant behaviour and imperial outlook, tempered by an astute, realistic perception of the world. Diana Mandache
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Royal Book News Review
From Rosvall Royal Books:
Today we publish a new book in our series on the Royal Families of Europe. This one is called DEAREST MISSY and consists of the correspondence between Marie Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia and Duchess of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and her daughter, Marie, Crown Princess of Romania 1879-1900. A truly fascinating collection of old letters, transcribed and edited by Romanian historian Dr. Diana Mandache. Many rare and never before published illustrations.
A new edition of the book dedicated to Queen Elisabeth of Romania was published recently by Via Romana, Paris. ‘Carmen Sylva’ is written by Gabriel Badea Paun. The book was first published in 2003 by Humanitas publishing house in Romania.
Prince Radu: ‘Provisional Romania’ is my latest book, published by Litera International and translated into English by James Christian Brown. Foreword by Roger Griffin, professor at Oxford University. Democracy is not just a matter of 24 hours on election day. Democracy also has to be respected during the four years between elections, day-by-day, minute-by-minute, by every public institution, every representative of a public institution, and indeed every citizen. For this, the laws and framework of democracy are not sufficient. It will take the contribution of every force in Romanian society to transform into practice what we demagogically affirm in theory. And above all, we need a State that is respected and that inspires trust, with professional institutions working in a complementary and ethical way, in harmony with each other.”
From Splendor to Revolution. The Romanov Women, 1847–1928. The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union. At the centre of all this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty: Marie Alexandrovna, Olga Constantinovna, Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna. [St. Martin's Press/February 2011]