Elisabeth of Wied and her successor as Queen as Romania Marie of Edinburgh were both avid writers. Elisabeth wrote under the name Carmen Sylva while Marie Silvia Irina Zimmermann from the Carmen Sylva research centre at the Fürstlich Wiedisches Archiv has published many of their works, though mostly in German. The Child of the Sun is one of the few English publications, no doubt aided by the fact that Marie wrote in her mother tongue of English.
The Child of the Sun has collected some of two Queens’ tales and essays and comes with an impressive introduction into their lives. This wonderful book gives a lovely glimpse into the lives of two very different women with a likeminded passion. Hopefully, more of these collections will also be released in English!