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1 Duff, David Eugenie and Napoleon III
London Collins 1978 000211237X / 9780002112376 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
A Very Good+ copy with small inscription to half title page with dustjacket which is not price clipped. The fortunes of few royal couples have fluctuated as wildly, as improbably or as picturesquely as those of Mapoleon III and his Spanish wife, Eugenie. It was rumoured that he was not merely Bonaparte's nephew, but in fact his son. As a young man, his attempt to win France by invading it from England, in a single steamboat, led to prison and exile, and his election as President of France in 1848 was financed by one of his innumerable mistresses, a beautiful Englishwoman. Not long after, now Emperor, he courted the ravishing Eugenie de Montijo and they were married in Notre Dame Cathedral. There followed 20 glittering years of the Second Empire during which they became friends with Queen Victoria and Albert, defeated the Austrians at Solferino, rebuilt Paris, but failed to elude the trap which Bismarck was preparing for them. 26 illustrations, pictorial endpapers and a genealogical chart. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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2 Duff, David Hessian Tapestry
London Frederick Muller 1967 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Gold titles and armorial shileds on black cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A near Fine copy. Dustjacket is also near Fine. 414 pages. Portrait frontispiece of Alice, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Wife of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and the Rhine. 24 illustrations. Fold-out genealogical tables of the descent of the Hessian, Danish and British Royal Houses: their intermarriage and connection to other European Royal Houses; Descendants of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and the Rhine, and Princess Alice of Great Britain. Second impression December 1967 (first was also 1967). The book is the authorised story of an eventful century in the history of one of the oldest families in Europe, of which Britain's Prince Charles is the 35th generation of known descendants. It begins in 1843 with the birth of Princess Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of her last surviving child in 1953. Enriched with hitherto unpublished extracts from the reminiscences of the first Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven, it is the story of a closely-knit royal family facing the heartpangs of divided loyalties in five wars and handicapped by the inheritance of a dread disease. Princess Alice married Prince Louis of Hesse and the Rhine at the time of the making of Bismarck's Germany. Princess Alice once said 'I dare say Royalty is nonsense and it may be better if it was swept away...' Yet her daughter became Empress of Russia, her niece Queen of Spain, her grand-daughter Queen of Sweden, her son the last reigning Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine, her grandson Viceroy of India and her great-grandson husband of the British Queen. Her children married into the families of Romanoff and Battenberg, Coburg and Hohenzollern. NOT EX LIBRARY 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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