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Talleyrand : betrayer and saviour of France /
Robin Harris.
imprint
London : John Murray, 2007.
description
xii, 436 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719564867 (hbk.), 9780719564864 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : John Murray, 2007.
isbn
0719564867 (hbk.)
9780719564864 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6097924
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 408-418) and index.
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A renegade bishop and aristocratic revolutionary, he helped make and break the power of Napoleon. With bravura he then dominated the Congress of Vienna which re-shaped Europe, but soon discovered that the Bourbons had, in his own words, 'learned nothing and forgotten nothing'. Disgrace followed. The Revolution of July 1830 finally brought a renewal of Talleyrand's former influence. So, in his late seventies, he arrived as ambassador in London, where he and his beautiful companion, the duchesse de Dino, dazzled and captivated British society. At the end, his famous death-bed reconciliation with the Catholic Church created almost as great a scandal as his notorious early life. In this authoritative new biography, Talleyrand emerges as always ahead of his times. He urged the advantages of peace, while Europe was racked by war; he consistently advocated political moderation, a free press and a liberal constitution; he was a forceful proponent of Anglo-French entente; he understood the importance of free trade as the route to national prosperity; and he foresaw the rise of America as a great power. Robin Harris depicts a statesman of truly world-class stature.
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In this biography, Talleyrand emerges as always ahead of his times. He urged the advantages of peace while Europe was racked by war, he consistently advocated political moderation, a free press and a liberal constitution, he understood the importance of free trade as the route to national prosperity, and much more.

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