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Shattered Crowns: The Scapegoats
by Christina Croft (Goodreads Author)
On 28th June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his morganatic wife, Sophie Chotek, were shot dead in broad daylight on a crowded street in Sarajevo. The murder of a relatively unknown archduke in a remote Bosnian city might well have been quickly forgotten were it not for the fact that this seemingly minor event ignited a spark that would explode into one of the bloodiest ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by Hilliard & Croft
(first published July 9th 2011)
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The book is marketed as historical fiction, but this well researched book brings to life the royal houses of Europe at the eve of the First World War. King George, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II were friends and cousins desperate to avoid war. Croft asks, "If the monarchs didn't want war, who did?" Shattered Crowns: The Scapegoats deftly portrays the monarchs and the machinations leading up to the war.
May 31, 2012 Elspeth G. Perkin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Breathing life and putting flesh and bone on names/figures we vaguely remember from History lessons, is a challenge for any Historical Fiction writer. Add to this challenge of generating raw interest and empathy from the reader and maintaining an even balance of fact versus creative fiction, if the author can accomplish these you have a real page turner. And that is exactly what the potential reader will experience with Shattered Crowns: The Scapegoats by Christina Croft. This is the first in th ...more
This book is labeled as historical fiction, but a lot of it read more as non-fiction. I didn't mind, though, since I don't know a whole lot about WWI and how it started. Some of it was a little dry, but overall it really drove home how senseless this war was and how so many people died because of a few people's greed.
An interesting imaging of the days leading up to World War I through the eyes of the Emperor Franz Joseph, his successor Karl, the assassinated Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Tsar Nicholas. Good, but not great. On to the second book in the series.
Christina Croft was born in Warwickshire, England, and grew up in Yorkshire. Educated at Notre Dame Grammar School, Leeds, she graduated in English and Divinity in Liverpool and obtained teaching and nursing qualifications. She began her writing career as a poet but moved on to biography and novels as well as giving talks about the Romanovs, Habsburgs, Queen Victoria and other late 19th and early ...moreMore about Christina Croft...