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Metternich by Alan Palmer


by Alan Palmer

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1519 Metternich, by Alan Palmer (read 4 June 1979) I found this book joyous to read. It is nicely chronological, and good biography. Clement Wenzel Lothar Metternich was born in Coblenz in May 1773, and died at Vienna June 11, 1859. As usual, I was struck by the closing pages: "He spent the two years which followed Melanie's death very quietly, though he would still receive visitors to Vienna and take the carriage to call on old friends in the city or its outskirts, and he enjoyed walking in his garden or in the park at Konigswort, for he went each July to Bohemia and remained there throughout the hottest weather of the year. He wrote and read for several hours each day, following the war in the Crimea with interest and still sending occasional scraps of information to Buol . . ." Well worthwhile reading. ( )
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As a man Metternich emerges as very different from the austere figure of popular imagination. Worldly, urbane and witty, he was a connoisseur of good living and enjoyed a sequence of scandalous love affairs and as much at home in Paris as Vienna.

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