A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
Hardback 572pp Illustrated
9780330522786   Product Code: 21197
For centuries, vast swathes of Europe were ruled by the Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of autocrats, obsessives, wizards and melancholics, they saw off any number of rivals before they were toppled in 1918. This entertaining, richly anecdotal history leads the reader through their Central European heartlands from Vienna to Transylvania, Prague to Sarajevo. Negotiating a labyrinth of intrigue, war, alchemy and religion, it charts the fortunes of this eccentric dynasty and the many peoples of its ramshackle empire.