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An Unusual Journey Through Royal History, Volume I (Unusual History, #1)

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This is not your typical royal history book. The table of contents reads more like a menu at a good restaurant, where there’s something for everyone’s taste. Each of the 18 chapters tells a unique story about an overlooked or unusual aspect of royal history, spanning centuries and countries, but in no particular order. From first to last, they will take you on a journey ...more
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published October 1st 2015 (first published April 2011)
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Lois
Jul 02, 2011 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victoria Martinez’s delightful account of relatively unknown and obscure facts about the royal families of Europe, An Unusual Journey through Royal History (ISBN: 978-1-935712-45-9), which focuses on the British monarchy, but is by no means restricted to it, makes for relaxing and easy reading. Grounded in personally conducted research, all but one of the 18 essays that comprise the work were originally published on Geraldine Voost’s popular website, Unofficial Royalty website, which partly ...more
Emily-Jane Orford
Have you ever wondered about the basic hygiene of your favourite royal? Or, how about their body-piercings? Not to mention their bloodline, which, at one point, royals claimed came directly from Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. Certainly their insistence in the past for royals to only marry royals has created a long line of royal successions for each and every monarchy. Did you know, for example, that Queen Elizabeth II is indirectly, or directly, depending on how you look at it, in ...more
Chibineko
Jul 08, 2011 Chibineko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows the basics about royalty. You know that there's a King, a Queen, & veritable hordes of Princes, Princesses, & various other titles. But did you know that the royalty helped usher in London's sewer system? Or that they used to be tattooed? Little tidbits like these are what makes this book so interesting to read & believe me, I'm not a history reader.

Victoria Martinez has managed to do a very difficult task with this book. Not only does she do the research to find the s
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Rita
Jun 25, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, fun, interesting read! Lots of things I didn't know about the royals and how the royal machine works. Enjoyed it and am looking forward to discussing it with my book club.
Gay Dorsey
Jan 14, 2012 Gay Dorsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting tidbits about royalty, written as short essays. A fun read, full of weird facts.
Judy
Jul 12, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Particularly enjoyed the chapter on tattooed monarchs. A quick, liight read.
Lois
Jun 16, 2013 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victoria Martinez’s delightful account of relatively unknown and obscure facts about the royal families of Europe, An Unusual Journey through Royal History, which focuses on the British monarchy, but is by no means restricted to it, makes for relaxing and easy reading. Grounded in personally conducted research, all but one of the 18 essays that comprise the work were originally published on Geraldine Voost’s popular website, Unofficial Royalty website, which partly accounts for their light tone, ...more
david tobias
Easy reading

just when I thought there was nothing new that could be said, this little book came along and surprised me.





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Victoria (Tori) V. Martínez researches and writes about history while living and traveling around the world with her husband David and two children. Tori, an American, likes to joke that she only married David, a Spaniard she met in England, because his knowledge of seven languages helps her immensely in her historical research.

Tori earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Texas
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