Danubia: A Personal History Of Habsburg Europe

April 7, 2020|
Danubia: A Personal History Of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder
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Longlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction Now reissued with a fresh cover look, Danubia is the brilliant and entertaining companion to the Sunday Times top ten bestseller Germania. For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians, and warriors, they saw off - through luck, guile and sheer mulishness - 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 everywhere. The history of Europe hardly makes sense without them. Clever and remarkably funny, Simon Winder plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages, and a guinea-pig village. Filled with music, piracy, religion, and in-fighting, Danubia is the history of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in many rival gods, and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Winder''s genius for telling wonderful stories of middle Europe with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburgs and their world.
Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain, the Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Germania, and most recently, Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe''s Lost Country. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town, England.
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Title:Danubia: A Personal History Of Habsburg EuropeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 5.22 X 7.82 X 1.44 inShipping dimensions:464 pages, 5.22 X 7.82 X 1.44 inPublished:April 7, 2020Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1529026164

ISBN - 13:9781529026160

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