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Memoirs of the Courts of Berlin, Dresden, Warsaw, and Vienna, in the Years 1777, 1778, and 1779

Memoirs of the Courts of Berlin, Dresden, Warsaw, and Vienna, in the Years 1777, 1778, and 1779
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  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108045513

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About the Authors
  • 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. In Volume 1 the author gives an account of the tragic destiny of Queen Caroline Matilda of Denmark (the sister of George III of Great Britain) who was exiled to Celle in Germany after an extra-marital affair with her husband's doctor and counsellor. Volume 2 describes Poland, seen as a country in decline, and makes acute and entertaining observations on Austro-Hungarian high society.

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108045513
    • length: 934 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Anecdotes of Frederic the Second, Landgrave of Hesse
    2. Description of the Castle of Ahlden
    3. Brunswic
    4. Examination of the character and actions of Frederic the Second, King of Prussia
    5. Review of the principal campaigns of Frederic the Second
    6. Review of the Prussian history, previous to the accession of Frederic the Second
    7. Potzdam
    8. Position of Dresden, local and political
    9. Journey from Dresden, through Prague, to Vienna
    10. Death of the Elector of Bavaria
    11. Pacific aspect of affairs
    12. Hostile remonstrances of Prussia, respecting the Bavarian succession
    13. Preparations for war
    14. Anecdotes of Metastasio
    15. Buda
    16. Journey from Buda
    17. Journey to Cracow. Volume 2:
    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.

  • Author

    Nathaniel William Wraxall

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