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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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