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Vienna 1814
- Written by David King


 

 








Reads like a novel. A fast-paced page-turner, it has everything: sex, wit, humor, and adventures. But it is an impressively researched and important story.

- David Fromkin, author of
Europe's Last Summer

Vienna 1814
How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna
Vienna 1814 is an evocative and brilliantly researched account of the most audacious and extravagant peace conference in modern history. With Napoleon Bonaparte presumably defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of some 200 states gathered in Vienna to begin piecing together the ruins of his toppled empire. But the unprecedented gathering soon degenerated into a glittering Vanity Fair - a seemingly endless stream of personal vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements. The intrigues and negotiations abruptly halted when word arrived that Napoleon had left the island and no one knew where he was headed. In the end, the hard-fought policy decisions would shape the destiny of Europe and lead to the longest sustained peace the continent would ever see.


The Congress of Vienna was the most glamorous
gathering since the fall of the Roman empire.

 

 





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Highlighted by such celebrated figures as the elegant but incredibly vain Prince Metternich of Austria, the unflappable and devious Prince Talleyrand of France, and the volatile Tsar Alexander of Russia, as well as appearances by Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer star power of the Vienna Congress outshone nearly everything else in the public eye.

Vienna, 1814 beautifully illuminates the intricate social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified party that seemingly valued frivolity over substance but nonetheless managed to drastically reconfigure Europe’s balance of power and usher in the modern age.

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Six months into the Congress of Vienna, word arrived that Napoleon had left the island of Elba and no one knew for certain where he was headed.

King, a Fulbright scholar who taught European history at the U. of Kentucky for many years, has uncovered a wealth of previously uncovered material on the Congress of Vienna . . . King employs a rich and detailed narrative style that will delight history buffs, especially when it comes to documenting the espionage that remained a secret for almost two centuries.

-Book News


King does a superb job of evoking the bedazzling social scene . . . This is a worthy contribution to the study of a critical historical event long neglected by historians. It should be in every European history collection.

- Library Journal (starred)  

King paints a lively portrait of the lavish, months-long parade of banquets, love affairs and social competition held at the close of the Napoleonic wars.

- Kirkus


King has drawn on all manner of sources - the journal of a starstruck French musician, reports from spies in the service of the Austrian emperor, correspondences and diaries of diplomats and leading ladies - to produce a sensuous account of the conference that moves gracefully
between negotiating tables, salons
and ballrooms.

- San Francisco Chronicle


In his fascinating account, King details how the various delegates, kings, and commoners partied; made love; spied on each other; and enhanced or ruined their reputations. The dominant figures at the congress were certainly an interesting lot, and King provides fine insight into their personalities and motivations. . . An outstanding addition to European history collections.

- Booklist 

King, who lives in Lexington , tells the story vibrantly . . . writes history with a novelist's psychological insight and an eye for detail . . . He fleshes out personalities and politics with intelligence and élan. He writes what can only be called 'living' history.

- Louisville Courier-Journal 

A gripping retelling of a pivotal moment in European history.

- Miami Today

All too often Napoleon is given only blame and never credit. It is Mr. King's balanced portrait of both Napoleon and the Congress which is most admirable.

- First Empire, Napoleonic Historical Society

This scholarly narrative substantiated by 90 pages of notes is an exemplary in-depth study of the nine-month drama of the Congress of Vienna and its aftermath . . . Napoleon's banishment to Elba, his return to Paris, and the analysis of his defeat at Waterloo were all brilliantly scripted.

- Choice

Glittering and compelling.

- History Book Club

In a months-long circus of intercourse, intrigue, balls, banquets, and nefarious negotiations, lands were played for like pieces on a chess board. . . The extensive lesson in geography, politics, history, and biography would satisfy anyone's desire to learn more about this event.

- Audiofile

Deftly paced and engagingly written.

- Publishers Weekly