The Empress of Farewells by Prince Michael of Greece
The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico

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"The Empress of Farewells" tells the story of Charlotte, daughter of King Leopold I of Belgium, wife of Archduke Maximilian of Austria. After their marriage they became viceroys of Lombardy-Venetia - until Italian unification left them without a future. During this time, England, France and Spain set up a European empire in Mexico, naming Maximilian Emperor. But intrigue dogged the new regime. In Rome to plead for aid from the Pope, Charlotte collapsed and was imprisoned by her in-laws. Meanwhile, Maximilian was apprehended and executed. Charlotte's life was part romance, part adventure, and part mystery. Prince Michael of Greece draws on previously unpublished documents held by the royal families to tell her story.

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Published February 9, 2002 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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She was pretty, cultured, fabulously rich, and, as her Austrian suitor Archduke Maximilian put it, “very intelligent, which is a little tiresome, but I’m sure I’ll get over it.” Though his future father-in-law thought Maximilian a tyrannical braggart incapable of passing a mirror without checking...

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Armed with reams of personal documents and previously unpublished papers, as well as a storyteller's gift for detail, Prince Michael (author of 14 books, including Crown Jewels of Europe) highlights not only the political intrigue that threatened mid-19th-century Mexico but the romantic intrigue ...

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