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The Crown of Mexico: Maximilian & His Empress Carlota

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A detailed and sympathetic portrait of Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph and his Belgium consort.
Hardcover, 541 pages
Published June 17th 1971 by Holt, Rinehart & Winston (NY/Chicago/SanFrancisco)
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Jill Hutchinson
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great history book that reads like fiction which tells the tale of one of the most ridiculous political blunders of the 19th century......the creation of an empire in Mexico with a Hapsburg on the throne. Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and Napoleon III of France colluded in this tragic experiment.....Franz Josef due to his jealousy of his younger brother Maximilian's popularity and Napoleon, due to greed. Archduke Maximilian and his wife Charlotte (Carlota when in Mexico), daughter of the King ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really fascinating look at an obscure event in history. Joan Haslip sets the scene well and brings the characters to life, examining both the ironies and tragedies of their actions. It was obvious that Haslip really knew and sympathized with her subjects which draws you in and invests you in what is essentially a five hundred page history book.
David Rush
In the summer of 1990 I spent two months at a language school In Cuernavaca, Mexico(I have since forgotten all the Spanish I learned there). There in class and on the tourist circuit I first heard of the short lived Empire (May 1864 to June 1867) of an Austrian Duke that once used Cuernavaca as a retreat from his duties. Anyway I found this book buried in a stack of old paperbacks with the sales receipt dated 12/10/91 21:02. And I FINALLY read it, only 22 years later. Well worth the wait!

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Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The takeover of Mexico, while the USA was busy fighting the Civil War, by the French was a colossal failure in nation building.The Mexican adventure is a lesson in the pitfalls of nation building. George Bush should have studied it before engaging the country in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book is about Emperor Maximillian Ferdinand and his Empress Carlotta who were recruited by Napoleon III (a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) to overthrow the current Republican government and install the Emperor Ma ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
The subject is a disagreeable one and not lacking in sensational interest. Max was a weak loser and Carlotta hard to like---but their situation was a pitiable one and their end tragic. The author is on the level of Cecil Woodham-Smith. Her feel for character and literary style make the historical content easy to read. The way she handled the rumor about Carlotta's illegitimate baby was responsible. I also am inclined not to believe she would have done it.
The only glaring error is the crass --an
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Published in 1971 and read for the 1st time by me in 1975. An Austrian archduke with no job title except to grow flowers and give parties, his doting wife in whom Maximillian isn't too interested. A job offer as emperor of Mexico. The Mexicans will LOVE YOU, so says Emperor Napoleon III (not the Bonapart guy. Maximillian knows the jig is up when he sees the firing squad lining up. A good read for history lovers.
C.M. Mayo
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A rollicking read. Well researched. As with the other works on the period, however, some errors and mystifying lack of detail about the Iturbide affir (1865-1867), which is my own quibble. I loved this book and, in the course of researching my novel, have re-read it mutliple times. Highly recommended.
Patrick Doris
This book was a difficult read the author style is condescending to the subject. Her writing is filled with that peculiar upper class English racism that just expected non English people to be lesser being. Unless someone really needs to know about the inner working of Emperor of Austria family in the years 1840 to 1867 you should skip the first two hundred pages of this book.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Knowing so little about Mexican history, I found this very interesting, especially since we live in Puebla, where events happened during the reign of Maximilian. Such a sad outcome - so poorly conceived and executed. And politics goes on!!!
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Interesting, well written, extremely well researched, sometimes too much of the author in the book. Reads like a novel.
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Joan Haslip was an author of historical books, often focusing on European royalty. She was born in London and educated in London, Paris and Florence. Her first book, Out of Focus, appeared in 1931; among her other notable publications are Lady Hester Stanhope (1934) and Parnell (1937). She also wrote for the London Mercury, the Daily Mail and Evening News, and the Illustrated London News.
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