25 August 2013

Eurohistory - The European Royal History Journal, Vol. 16.3, June 2013

The latest issue of  Eurohistory - The European Royal History Journal (Vol. 16.3, June 2013) arrived in my mail box yesterday. So far I haven't read more than about 1/5 of the magazine, so this article should be regarded as a presentation of the issue and rather than a review.

The front page shows an official portrait taken of the new King and Queen of the Netherlands in connection with King Willem-Alexander's accession on 30 April this year. Nearly four months has passed since then, so I wonder if it would be better to restrict the magazine more to history articles rather than articles on (more or less) contempary events and then leave the news stories to the magazine's blog and Facebook page. But on the other hand, Arnout van Cruyningen in his article Continuity and Rejuvenation, Tradition and Modernity: The Accession of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands provides an excellent record of all the major events on the accession day, including the speeches given by Queen Beatrix (29 April), King Willem-Alexander and the chairman of the national assembly as well as the abdication document itself.

In the Royal Books Reviews section Coryne Hall covers Eurohistory's recent publication Russia and Europe. Dynastic Ties by Galina Korneva & Tatiana Cheboksarova. The book is published in association with Liki Rossii, St. Petersburg, has 318 pages and includes over 600 illustrations. The new edition has been expanded and edited by Arturo E. Beéche. According to the reviewer the main focus of the new edition is the 100 extra photos. A description of the original edition can be found at the Royal Russia website.

I enjoyed reading Coryne Hall's article about Prince Vsevelod Ioannovich of Russia (part 1) in the second issue of vol. 16, and hopefully the second part of the article will be just as good.

Another returning contributor is Ilana D. Miller, who this time has delivered the article Who's in the Picture. The Baptism of Norton Knatchbull 18 November 1947. Norton Knatchbull, the 8th Baron Brabourne and the 17th Baronet, is the eldest child of Lady Patricia Mountbatten, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma and John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma was the eldest daughter of the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, born Prince Louis of Battenberg.

I touched upon the subject of "old news stories" above, but obituaries are in my opinion more timeless, and the present issue offers obituaries of  Landgrave Moritz of Hesse (1926-2013) (by Marlene Eilers-Koenig), Princess Benita of Schaumburg-Lippe (1927-2013), née Baroness Eva-Benita von Tiele-Winkler, and Princess Editha of Bavaria (1924-2013), the oldest surviving daughter of Crown Prince Rupprecht and Crown Princess Antonia, the latter two written by the publisher, Arturo E. Beéche.

Finally we get royal news from Bavaria, Brazil, Denmark, Hesse, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Schaumburg-Lippe, Serbia, Sweden, Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, Salm-Reifferscheidt-Krautheim and Dyck (!) and Solms-Braunfels.

The publisher of The Europan Royal History Royal can be reached at erhj [at] eurohistory.com.

For earlier articles on the magazine, go here.

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