Nathaniel Wraxall (1751–1831) worked for the East India Company before becoming an MP in 1780. He travelled extensively in Europe and moved in royal and diplomatic circles, collecting anecdotes which later made their way into several popular travel narratives and memoirs that were to bring him great fame. In this work, published in two volumes in 1799 and using an epistolary form, Wraxall gives his impressions of a number of European courts that he visited in the late 1770s. Volume 2 describes Poland as a country in decline, and discusses the historical background to its present condition. He also provides anecdotes of the court and people of Vienna, and especially of the Habsburg monarchs Maria Theresa and Joseph II.
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- Date Published: June 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108045506
- length: 506 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
- weight: 0.64kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
18. Journey from Cracow to Warsaw
19. Examination of the causes of the decline of Poland
20. Origin and history of the family of Poniatowski
21. Decline of the Court of Warsaw, since the succession of the present king
22. Journey from Warsaw to Konigsberg
23. Aspect of Dresden, and security of that capital
24. Review of the Saxon history
25. State of Ratisbon
26. General opinions entertained at Vienna, relative to the conduct of the campaign
27. Concern of the Empress, at the birth of a French princess
28. Aspect of the court
29. State of society at Vienna
30. Reigns of Leopold, Joseph the First, and Charles the Sixth
31. Character and anecdotes of the Emperor Francis
32. State of the public mind at Vienna
33. Joseph the Second
34. Character and anecdotes of Prince Kaunitz, first minister of Maria Theresa
35. Appointment of the Congress at Teschen, for the conclusion of a definitive peace.
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