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In the Shadow of the Empress

The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters

by Nancy Goldstone

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    Sep 2021, 640 pages

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A vivid and humanizing portrayal of four of the most fascinating women in pre-modern European history.

The Holy Roman Empire and its Habsburg rulers often seem like relics consigned to dusty books and long-ago high school history classes. Nancy Goldstone brilliantly brings to life the court and the characters of the Empire in the 18th century, melting away the expanse of time between us and these monarchs who changed history. Family dynamics, career frustrations, the pain of losing loved ones — all come across in vivid detail to make the distant past seem not just closer, but eminently relatable as well.

In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters, is exactly what its title says it is: a braided tale of Maria Theresa and the lives of three of her daughters — as a mother of 16 children she had many others, but the three chosen here were the most important, both politically and dynastically.

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