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Maximilian and Carlota

Europe's Last Empire in Mexico

The saga of the tragic, epoch moment in the arc of French colonial rule

Maximilian and CarlotaIn this new telling of Mexico's Second Empire and Louis Napoléon's installation of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Carlota of Belgium, as the emperor and empress of Mexico, Maximilian and Carlota brings the dramatic and tragic story of this six-year-siege to life. [More...]


“Given its great historical backdrop and the significant implications involved...” [More...]
— DAVID COFFEY, University of Tennessee at Martin

“World history is most engrossing when read not as a litany of dates, battles,..." [More...]
— Texas Exes Alcalde Magazine

“Authoritative, detailed, and engrossing... ” [More...]
— Publishers Weekly

“With the 150th anniversary in mind (April 10, 1864), Maximilian and Carlota details...” [More...]
— Foreword Reviews

“Mexican history offers a phantasmagoria that beggars the imagination...” [More...]
— LUIS ALBERTO URREA, author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter

“Maximilian and Carlota is a deeply researched book about a period...” [More...]
— C. M. MAYO, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire

“A thorough, complete history of Mexico’s second empire...” [More...]
— WILLIAM H. BEEZLEY, coeditor of The Oxford History of Mexico