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The Ugly Duchess

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  312 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
1928. The book begins: Between the town of Innsbruck and the Monastery of Wilten a large open piece of level ground was covered with tents and flagpoles; wooden galleries had been erected, and a kind of arena staked out for jousting and other chivalrous sports. There was accommodation for thousands of spectators and all was ready for their comfort and amusement. But these ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1923)
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Suzanne
Dutch translation of "Die hässliche Herzogin" ("The Ugly Duchess" in English)

I'm done! I'm free!
This book was SO promising! It had everything one would need for an awesome historical novel; it plays in the 14th century, in countries about which there are not too many novels, and has some amazing characters about, to my knowledge, there are no or almost no other novels. Duchess Margarete of Tyrol is an amazing subject for a book; she inherited her fathers land and ruled over them, was respected
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Kate
Mar 24, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Поначалу роман вызывал мой бурный восторг, я думала, что автор сейчас нам расскажет, что безобразная герцогиня была хорошей правительницей, а её не оценили, или что-нибудь наподобие. Автор же излишне романтизировал историю, поставил в центре противостояние двух женщин и всё скатилось в унылое ничто. Маргарита даже не умная, она получилась какая-то никакая. Просто страшная женщина и никчёмная правительница, как героиня и не стоит ничего. Зачем было и начинать писать о зависти одной женщины к крас ...more
Trounin
Feb 04, 2016 Trounin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Подходя к творчеству Лиона Фейхтвангера, нужно быть осторожным. Ни в коем случае нельзя соотносить описываемое им с исторической действительностью. Общие детали имеются, но они лишь служат декорациями для авторского вымысла. Фейхтвангер в привычной манере мешает события и трактует происходящее по своему усмотрению. Касательно же одной из его первых работ, произведения про Маргариту Маульташ, можно сказать с полной определённостью, что используемые Лионом повествовательные приёмы будут им применя ...more
Sabine
Nov 15, 2014 Sabine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meine Lieben – hier nun eine kurze Rezension aus der Rubrik “Schöner Scheitern an und mit Klassikern” – heute: „Die hässliche Herzogin“ von Lion Feuchtwanger.

Die Geschichte handelt von der Herzogin Margarete, die nach dem Tod ihres Vaters, Heinrich von Tirol, der ohne männlichen Erben gestorben ist, seine Nachfolgerin werden soll. Mit zwölf Jahren wird sie mit dem um einige Jahre jüngeren Johann von Luxemburg verheiratet. Liebe ist das natürlich nicht. Es gibt ein hin- und her um Macht und Einfl
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Mariana
Feb 02, 2015 Mariana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ira TA
Jul 21, 2016 Ira TA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes repetitive in describing the same thing but otherwise interesting in transposing oneself to the realities of the 13th - 14th century
Clau
Dec 13, 2015 Clau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this particular Fleuchtwanger's book; for sure it's not his best,but I do admire the easy flow of bits of historical facts and the fictional story behind them... Sunday read,for sure!
Natalya
Jan 20, 2009 Natalya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of Middle Age duchess Margarete Maultasch (i.e. "thick-lipped" (German)).Great picture of a feudal division and twists and turns and ups and downs of Bavarian, Tyrol and Luxemburg princedoms and their struggle for the priority and power in Western Europe. Ugly duchess Margarete of Tyrol played a significant role in politics and economy of Tyrol and Bavaria - she managed to shift the priority from knight "tournier" to the trade and town empowering.
Really great reading though one can see t
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Lucie Novak
Jun 06, 2014 Lucie Novak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting novle about an unlovable character, full of twist, medieval setting
Jesse
Feb 07, 2014 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is a novel about the intrigues and power relations in 13th-century feudal Europe. It gives a very interesting and profound image. Feuchtwanger's style is very lively and I would say also modernist; it's not the type of prose you'd immediately associate with the classical historical novel De lelijke hertogin is, but it works.
Librariel
Aug 18, 2011 Librariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heerlijk boek dat de geschiedenis effectief tot leven wekt. Beter dan een geschiedenisles om de late middeleeuwen te evoceren. Laat je realiseren dat niet enkel bij de Tudors er wat afgeintrigeerd werd.
Kari
May 25, 2009 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked it better if it had just told who Margarete was without telling her life story, because her life was awful and I just wanted an overview.
Konstanze
Jun 19, 2010 Konstanze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
Margarete 'Maultasch' of Tyrol, you kick-started my love for awesome historical women. Theophanu and Olympias should thank you, darling. <3
Ann Klefstad
Nov 29, 2008 Ann Klefstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
peculiar and moody book, lovely in a way, by an author eventually banned by the Nazis
Thomas
Nov 25, 2008 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic historical novel set in the Austrian Alps
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Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was a German Jewish emigre. A renowned novelist and playwright who fled Europe during World War II and lived in Los Angeles from 1941 until his death.

A fierce critic of the Nazi regime years before it assumed power precipitated his departure, after a brief internment in France, from Europe. He and his wife Marta obtained asylum in the United States in 1941 and remain
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