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The Charmed Circle: Joseph II and the Five Princesses, 1765-1790

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In late eighteenth-century Vienna, a remarkable coterie of five aristocratic women, popularly known as the “five princesses,” achieved social preeminence and acclaim as close associates of the reforming Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. They were Princess Maria Josepha Clary; Princess Maria Sidonia Kinsky; Princess Maria Leopoldine Liechtenstein; Countess, subsequently Princess, ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Purdue University Press
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Mar 22, 2016 Doria rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and detailed examination of the lives and influence of five princesses during the reign of Joseph II, who had an unprecedentedly close relationship - as individuals and as a group - with the emperor. Though at times scattered (jumping between time periods with abandon to illustrate a point), the writing style was clear and readable. The women and their very difficult "friend" came to life through the liberal usage of quotations from their correspondence, which was fortunately ...more
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