- Author: Michael John Sullivan
- Publisher: Random House
- Published: June 1997
- ISBN-10: 0679424008
- ISBN-13: 9780679424000
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1997
- Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
A Fatal Passion : The Story of Victoria Melita, the Uncrowned Last Empress of Russia
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Based on unpublished journals and correspondence and encompassing the years from 1876 to 1939, a compelling biography traces the life and times of Grand Duchess Victoria Melita, a defiant and liberated woman who transcended the rigid confines of European royalty of her era. 25,000 first printing.
Princess Victoria Melita, granddaughter of England's Queen Victoria, is not nearly as well known as her flamboyant sister, Queen Marie of Romania, but she deserves to be. Ducky, as she was known to her family, was a beauty. Pressured as a teenager into a marriage (arranged by Queen Victoria) to her cousin Ernie, Prince of Coburg, the naive princess was for years unaware that her disinterested husband was homosexual. The princess caused a royal scandal when she divorced him and later married her cousin Grand Duke Kirill of Russia. Exile, the death of her daughter, intrigue, the Bolshevik takeover, and a desperate escape from the new Soviet state followed. Sullivan, a feature writer for Twin Circle magazine, has fashioned a fascinating and informative biography of an extraordinary woman. Strongly recommended for libraries with an interest in Russian history. Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass. Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews
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