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When the Greeks deposed their unpopular, childless German-born ruler Otho in 1862, they chose a new king, George I, who proved a popular and effective monarch, coping with racial tensions in the Balkans and defeat by Turkey in the war of 1897. His family also made good dynastic alliances with the English and Russian royal families. Assassinated in 1913, he was succeeded by ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 25th 1994 by Sutton Publishing (first published June 1st 1994)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely well-written and enjoyable study of the Greek kings of the Glucksburg line descending from Danish King Christian IX (1863-1906). King George I (1863-1913), Constantine I, Alexander I, George II, Paul and Constantine II ruled from 1863 to 1974. The current King of Spain (Philip VI) was the grandson of Greek King Paul I (1947-1964). This is probably the best available histories of the modern Greek monarchy. It also sheds light on the Danish monarchy and last decades of the Rus ...more
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Fairly easy read about the Glücksburg dynasty of Greece. Concentrates on personal lives, and overall it's fairly sketchy. Though written as late as 1994, it claims that it's too early to assess the end of the monarchy, so the reigns of both Paul and Constantine II are quite perfunctory. So it's best if you want to know a bit more about George I and Constantine I and George II.
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John Van der Kiste, British author, was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, on September 15, 1954, son of Wing Commander Guy Van der Kiste (1912–99). He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, where he briefly formed a rock band Cobweb with fellow pupil Miles Tredinnick, later vocalist with new wave band London and subsequently playwright and scriptwriter, and read Librarianship at Ealing Tech ...more
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