This chapter in Norman Davies‘ book on isn’t really about any kingdom at all, least of all a vanished one. The title is a castle in the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, where Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria was born. The rest is more or less about how relations between the German nobility and English royal family broke down as Germany and England drifted into political antagonism in the twentieth century.
So the main point of the chapter is that the English Royals are a bunch of mean old Germans. Maybe this is hot stuff to somebody somewhere, but as an American this is no surprise and seems to be besides the point. In a real historical sense, the English Royals have played a marginal role at best since 1800. Leave the gushing or trashing of them to the tabloids.
I’m expecting a future chapter of the book to feature Lindsay Lohan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Oh, and in case you are wondering…like most of the states absorbed in German reunification, bit by bit the old statelets that had made it up became irrelevant first politically and a bit later the old nobility became so socially.
- Vanished Kingdoms – Borussia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Vanished Kingdoms – Galicia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Vanished Kingdoms – Sabaudia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)