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By Julia P. Gelardi

Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is the robust epic tale of 5 royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the tip in their empires, the destruction in their households, and the tumult of the 20th century

Here are the tales of Alexandra, whose religion in Rasputin and tragic finish became the stuff of legend; Marie, the flowery and kooky queen who battled her method via a lifetime of intrigues and used to be additionally the mummy of 2 Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, brought hemophilia into her husband's family---with devastating results for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who was once self sufficient Norway's reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's a lot maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mummy of at least 3 kings and a queen, who ended her days in sour exile.

Using by no means prior to released letters, memoirs, diplomatic files, secondary assets, and interviews with descendents of the themes, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an brilliant and remarkable paintings of renowned historical past.

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Five minutes was all I ever needed right before a match. For years afterward, however, both Vilas and Tiriac loved to tell the story about the cocky young McEnroe, annoyed that they were on the court at all, demanding to hit with the great Vilas. Maybe, deep down, I was a little starstruck by Vilas in his greatest year. But even if I did still look like a kid, I was a lot more than a fan. This time, I took Nastase to three sets. In May, after Stanford accepted me for the coming fall, the United States Tennis Association gave me $500 and a plane ticket, said “Good luck,” and I went off to play the French and Wimbledon Juniors.

For example, throughout my junior-high and early highschool years, I was terrified about trying any type of drug, at a time when a lot of my friends were experimenting with marijuana and other substances. ) Tennis, obviously, turned out to be an incredible thing for me, an amazing roller-coaster ride, and a lot more good came out of it than bad, but the truth is that I didn’t really want to pursue it until it just pursued me. Many athletes seem truly to love to play their sport. I don’t think I ever felt that way about tennis.

A minute went by, which is a long time when you’re waiting for that final handshake. Finally, Guerry said, “No, no, no, that ball was out! ” The umpire got off his chair, squatted down, looked at the mark, and said, for the second time, “The ball was in. ” YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS | 47 I was thrilled. But now more people on my team were telling me, “Get off the court. Forget the handshake. ” Because Guerry was sort of stalling, still refusing to come up to the net. The commotion grew. By now, a few minutes had gone by, they’d called the match for me twice, and—I’ll never forget this—out of nowhere, a woman named Anita Shukow, who happened to be the head referee, came strolling out from behind a fence about 500 feet away.

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