Julia P. Gelardi

Author and Historian

Julia P. Gelardi is an independent historian specializing in European royal history mainly encompassing the Victorian era to the present.



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Are you looking for compelling tales of courage, hope, and love? Chronicles of historical events that still resonate? Accounts of political and personal intrigue, of moving romances, and narratives of betrayal, as well as uplifting tales of sacrifice, integrity, and redemption? Are you in search of stories of people and places of long ago and far-away that will make you smile or bring tears?

I invite you to be immersed in the dramatic stories found in my books where a roller-coaster ride of emotions awaits.


Born to Rule

Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria

St. Martin’s Press, 2007


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In Triumph’s Wake

Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory

St. Martin’s Press, 2009



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From Splendor to Revolution

The Romanov Women, 1847-1928

St. Martin’s Press, 2011



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A Guarded Secret

Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra and Tsarevich Alexei’s Hemophilia




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Drina & Lilibet

Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II From Birth to Accession



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Pageant of Kings

Pageant of Kings: The Nine Sovereigns at Edward VII’s Funeral



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What readers are saying…

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Julia P Gelardi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I really like the way she weaves the life stories of monarchs together.

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E. Osberg

I really enjoyed this book and find Gelardi’s narrative style to be very pleasant.

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Elizabeth S.

Gelardi did what I’d wished someone would do by weaving together the related stories of royal women throughout the years, and she did so with great success.

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Tina Michelle

Lovely read. I like Julia Gelardi, her books are informative without being heavy or too dry.

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Gelardi was able to give an in depth look at each woman’s trials and tribulations, weaving together throughout the book multiple countries, kings, queens, and wars while still retaining respect and precision for the individuality and uniqueness of each woman.