Leopoldine, born in 1797, was the great-granddaughter of empress
Maria Theresa and a daughter of the Austrian emperor Francis I.
Under Metternich's instructions she was married in absentia to
Pedro of Braganca, successor to the throne of Portugal, Brazil and
Algarve when she was twenty years old. She joined her unknown
husband in Brazil where she died ten years later mentally exhausted
and emotionally abused. Four of her children survived into
adulthood; the only surviving son, Pedro II, became emperor of
Brazil. Despite her relatively brief period of living in Brazil,
she left a legacy of accomplishments and good will that remain and
are remembered to this day.
In this historical novel Gloria Kaiser uses numerous excerpts
from letters Leopoldine wrote to her father and to other family
members to convey a sense of personal authenticity. These excerpts
allow Kaiser to present Leopoldine as a historic personality in a
specific environmental condition at a precise moment in the history
and politics of the emerging Brazil, while at the same time showing
great empathy with her heroine as a woman whose life, problems, and
way of coping have relevance even today.
Ariadne Press (CA)
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||Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought
Lowell A. Bangerter
||216 x 141 x 24mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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