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In the Shadow of the Empress: Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa… Nancy Goldstone

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In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters 
by Nancy Goldstone
Hardcover – 14 December 2021
Book Description

A vivid and sprawling family saga following Maria Theresa of Austria and her daughters, including the infamous Marie Antoinette.
Out of the thrilling and tempestuous eighteenth century comes the sweeping family saga of beautiful Maria Theresa, a sovereign of extraordinary strength and vision, the only woman ever to inherit and rule the vast Habsburg empire in her own name, and three of her remarkable daughters: lovely, talented Maria Christina, governor-general of the Austrian Netherlands; spirited Maria Carolina, the resolute queen of Naples; and the youngest, Marie Antoinette, the glamorous, tragic queen of France, perhaps the most famous princess in history.
Unfolding against an irresistible backdrop of brilliant courts from Vienna to Versailles, embracing the exotic lure of Naples and Sicily, this epic history of Maria Theresa and her daughters is a tour de force of desire, adventure, ambition, treachery, sorrow, and glory.
Each of these women’s lives was packed with passion and heart-stopping suspense. 
Maria Theresa inherited her father’s thrones at the age of twenty-three and was immediately attacked on all sides by foreign powers confident that a woman would to be too weak to defend herself. Maria Christina, a gifted artist, who alone among her sisters succeeded in marrying for love, would face the same dangers that destroyed the monarchy in France. 
Resourceful Maria Carolina would usher in the golden age of Naples only to then face the deadly whirlwind of Napoleon. And, finally, Marie Antoinette, the doomed queen whose stylish excesses and captivating notoriety have masked the truth about her husband and herself for two hundred and fifty years.
Review
Adding wry humor to her lucid narrative, Goldstone clarifies the era’s complex politics and pinpoints how these commanding women helped give shape to modern Europe. This mesmerizing history isn’t to be missed. ― Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Nancy Goldstone is the author of FOUR QUEENS, JOANNA, THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, THE RIVAL QUEENS and DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN. She lives in New York.
Product details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W&N; 1st edition (14 December 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 640 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1474609899
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781474609890
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.6 x 5.4 x 24 cm

Additional information

Weight 1.0 g
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 6 cm
Subject Area

Medieval History, Modern History, Regional History, World History

Features

Dust Jacket

Item Height

240mm

Item Width

166mm

Publication Name

In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters

Format

Hardcover

Language

English

Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Subject

History

Publication Year

2021

Type

Textbook

Item Weight

920g

Number of Pages

640 Pages

Condition

Brand new

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