The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 420 pages
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With the rich historical texture and compelling immediacy of a novel, Prince Michael of Greece tells the story of Charlotte and Maximilian. After Charlotte, daughter of King Leopold I of Belgium, married Archduke Maximilian of Austria, brother of Habsburg emperor Franz Josef, they became viceroys of Lombardy-Venetia -- until Italian unification left them without a future. Shortly afterward, Napoleon III invaded Mexico, installing Maximilian as its powerless emperor. In Rome to plead for aid from the pope, Charlotte suddenly went mad, while Maximilian was executed before a Mexican firing squad. Drawing on previously unpublished documents from the royal families' archives, Prince Michael of Greece delves into Charlotte's life and the mystery that surrounds it. The result is a compelling, historically illuminating portrait of a remarkable woman.

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Review: The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

A couple of times I got bogged down in the 'history book' style, but it felt like halfway through, the author came out of it, and changed his style or something. The last half was a page turner. Don't give up too soon! Read full review

Review: The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico

User Review  - Angela Pistorio - Goodreads

Absolutely amazing ! One of the best biography I have read Read full review

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