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The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire A Novel Based on the True Story (Paperback)

Author:  C. M. Mayo
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1936071614
ISBN-13: 9781936071616
Sku: 212966841
Publish Date: 5/1/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  430
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The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is a sweeping historical novel of Mexico during the short, tragic, at times surreal, reign of Emperor Maximilian and his court. This lush, grand read is based on the true story and illuminates both the cultural roots of Mexico and the political development of the Americas. The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is a story both sweeping and intimate, of geopolitics, the glamour of royalty, and the grit of military command, of the arrogance of power, the dark labyriths of ambition, and above all, of a child who was not, in the end, a prince, but a little boy who belonged to his parents.
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In this epic novel, C.M. Mayo ambitiously charts the trajectory of the downfall of Maximilian von Hapsburg, an Austrian Duke who made a disastrous attempt to become the emperor of Mexico in 1864. Attempting to take advantage of the American Civil War and acting at the behest of Mexican nobility, French ruler Louis Napoleon sent Maximilian, the commander-in-chief of the French navy, to take over Mexico, but the fledgling Mexican emperor was so obsessed with finding an heir that he allowed his subjects to devolve into lawless chaos. Mayo skillfully uses this neglected historical episode to depict both the delusional dysfunction of Maximilian and his wife Carlota, and the turbulent international relations of the time.
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