Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

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A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw offa€”through luck, guile and sheer mulishnessa€”any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From their principal lairs along the Danube they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and interfered everywherea€”indeed the history of Europe hardly makes sense without the House of Hapsburg. Danubia, Simon Winder's hilarious new book, plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, royalty, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Full of music, piracy, religion and fighting, it is the history of a strange dynasty, and the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder's storytelling genius and infectious curiosity in Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating tale of the Habsburgs and their world.ThepoetAdamZagajewski wrote in 1991 an essay called a#39;Two Citiesa#39; about hismemoriesas a very young child of the mass expulsion of surviving Poles from Lviv after the Second World War. In one of the biggest ofmany acts of overwhelminganbsp;...

Title:Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
Author:Simon Winder
Publisher:Macmillan - 2014-01-21


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