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The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

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Author Andrew Wheatcroft
ISBN 9780140236347
Pages 384
Condition Good
Format Paperback

"Splendidly rich...required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the real Europe."—Daily Telegraph. The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons – responsible for a ‘long history of atrocities’; and, at the other, as dodos – living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved much like most other monarchies. Their story, however, is none the less enthralling for that. It is populated by such unforgettable figures as mad Queen Juana, progressing through Spain with her husband’s decaying body; the ‘heroically fertile’ Maria Theresa, and the quixotic Maximilian, ‘Emperor’ of Mexico.
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