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This is an auction for TALLYRAND by J F Bernard.

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"Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754–1838) was a French diplomat. He worked successfully from the regime of Louis XVI, through the French Revolution and then under Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. Known since the turn of the 19th century simply by the name Talleyrand, he remains a figure that polarizes opinion. Some regard him as one of the most versatile, skilled and influential diplomats in European history, and some believe that he was a traitor..." review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is the best English biography of Talleyrand about; it tracks his youth (including his fabled meeting with Voltaire), his involuntary admission to the priesthood, his Revolutionary activities (including his successful bid to strip away church assets), his exile in America, his affair with de Stahl, his team-up with and subsequent falling-out with Napoleon, his life as the star of the Congress of Vienna and Louis XVIII's prime minister and his long retirement (including his role as kingmaker in the 1830 revolution). As Barnard reveals, his foreign policy was generally a peaceful one, and his approach to governance sought to reduce civil discord through building a legitimate basis for the government of the day. Even his womanizing is explained in these terms: on his death bed his primary goal was to legitimize his long-term mistress and to return to orthodox Catholicism. A great portrait of one of Europe's most influential and entertaining minds."

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Hardback 1973.

653 pages + illustrations.

Some wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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