The Perilous Crown

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Pan Macmillan UK, Oct 1, 2007 - History - 416 pages
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Beginning with the return from exile of Louis-Philippe d'Orleans in 1814, together with his sister, Madame Adelaide, Price examines the remarkable period that saw not one but two revolutions; the first, in 1830, put Louis-Philippe on the throne; the second, in 1848, saw him exiled once more, destined to spend the last years of his life in quiet seclusion in Surrey. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and journals, Price focuses on the amazing political machinations of Madame Adelaide. Mentioned only rarely in other histories of the time, Price restores her to rightful prominence and reveals how her intelligence and behind the scenes wrangling secured her brother the throne, thereby creating France's only long-lasting experiment with a constitutional monarchy.

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Review: The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions 1814-1848

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Rather good - very much the royal Orléanist perspective of the July monwrchy, and partial to Louis Phillippe and Adelaide, as might be expected; but as I been reading from a revolutionary perspective ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Munro Price was born in London in 1963. He was educated there and in Cambridge, where he took his PhD. He specialises in 18th-century France and the French Revolution, and has lived and taught in Lyon and Paris. He is currently Reader in History at the University of Bradford. His previous book, The Fall of the French Monarchy, was shortlisted for the Woolfson History Prize.

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