Guest Blog by New Author: Royal History is a Journey, Not an Event

WDWPUB is proud to release this week in honor of the Royal Wedding: AN UNUSUAL JOURNEY THROUGH ROYAL HISTORY by Victoria “Tori” Martínez.

Lets meet Victoria:

I wouldn’t call myself a Monarchist and I certainly don’t believe in the Divine Right of Kings. I’m not even sure that I like the idea that taxpayers should support expensive figureheads with little real purpose.

As an American, my great hero is George Washington, who not only refused the title of king as the first leader of his young country, but was lauded by European monarchs for freely retiring his authority after just two terms as president of the United States of America. Washington’s own former king, George III, called him the “the greatest man in the world” for giving up his power.

Still, history has always held a special fascination for me, and for some reason the institution of monarchy and the individuals associated with it have a special place in my consciousness. As I write this, I’m in one of my favorite cities in the world, London, eagerly awaiting the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

Because of these conflicting feelings, I regularly wage an internal battle in my mind over whether the remaining modern royals are an anachronism or important national and cultural symbols.

Perhaps this personal conflict is what makes me find royalty – both historical and contemporary – such an intensely interesting and meaningful focus of research and writing. I’m always trying to discover more about these enigmatic, celebrated and vilified individuals and their lives. Who they were or are beyond the stiff monuments, formal portraits, fabulous jewels, and historical and media sensationalization.

I hate the idea that anyone could be so one-dimensional as we’re often led to believe of the famous or infamous, and royals are more often than not prime candidates for this type of characterization. To an even greater extent, I get bored of hearing about the same people and places time and again as if they are only interesting because they are the easiest to define.

As a result, I find myself gravitating toward the forgotten people and obscure aspects of historical and contemporary royalty, always knowing that underneath the thin veneer of what we’re taught in school or read in the media is something much more interesting. I’m happy to say that I haven’t been disappointed yet, and my greatest pleasure is sharing what I learn with others through my writing.

It’s always nice to turn what is a tiresome topic for many into fascinating fodder for a dinner or cocktail party. I’m never more satisfied than when I’ve “converted” someone from a passive or disinterested observer of history into an inquisitive and involved participant in the past. Since the past is a place I like to visit, it’s nice to have others there with me, especially when I can play the host and guide.

Ultimately, this is exactly what fascinates me about history, and royal history in particular: that it is not about any one event, now or in the past; it’s about the journey into the past that is as colorful and richly embroidered as a priceless tapestry in a grand old castle.

Sure, even I as a democratic American am fascinated with modern events like the Royal Wedding and all the pomp and pageantry that come along with them. But whether you see in those trappings fairy tales and romantic ideals or waste and unnecessary expenditure, it’s important to remember that they only hold those meanings because of their history and significance in shaping our modern way of life.

By taking a journey through royal history, whether by watching a modern prince marry his middle-class fiancé on YouTube or reading about Anglo-Saxon kings and their tattoos, we can find out so much about ourselves and our own histories and identify with royalty not as statues or paintings, but as people not very different from ourselves.

Victoria “Tori” Martínez

You can purchase an eBook copy of An Unusual Journey Through Royal History at Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Pubit or at the Who Dares Wins Publishing website.

About Jen Talty

Publishing Consultant, Author of Romantic Suspense and Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing with NY Times Best-Selling Author Bob Mayer.

Posted on April 25, 2011, in Guest Blogger and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Fun guest blog – checking out Tori’s ebook on Amazon now. :)

  2. Hmm. Mom talks fondly of Princess Elizabeth, who drove an ambulance during WWII and refused to be whisked off to a safer place than London. We are not impressed with any of her children, but both of Diana’s boys are pilots. Helicopter pilots, one in a weapons platform and one in a rescue chopper. I respect that enormously.

    The Royal Wedding (unless you’re talking about the Fred Astaire movie in which he dances on the walls and ceiling) has gone right over my head. Just hope this prince turns out to be a far better husband than his old man. It’s cool that you keep track of royalty, because there have been times when they mattered. King John, for instance.

    George Washington is one of my favorite historical figures, too. He was a good man, by any metric. I respect that enormously.

  3. Interesting. I had no idea King George III admired Washington for any reason. Washington really did set the tone for our country with his actions when he voluntarily stepped down from power and refused a kingship. A truly revolutionary move at a time when most kings would sacrifice anything to keep themselves and their progeny in power. Thanks for your post.

  4. I’m moving this up on my TBR pile in preparation of the wedding later this week. I love obscure history and have always been fascinated by the Royals thanks to my Grandmother who loved Princess Diana.

    Great guest blog!

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