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The Ugly Duchess

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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 centruy, 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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Sabine
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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Natalya
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
Interesting novle about an unlovable character, full of twist, medieval setting
Jesse
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.
Mariel
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
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.
Katerina
Apr 21, 2012 Katerina is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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I read it in German. So, i guess i will read it for some time. Feuchtwanger´s range of expression is much richer than my current vocabulary :)
Konstanze
Margarete 'Maultasch' of Tyrol, you kick-started my love for awesome historical women. Theophanu and Olympias should thank you, darling. <3
Ann Klefstad
peculiar and moody book, lovely in a way, by an author eventually banned by the Nazis
Thomas
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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