Double Emperor: The Life and Times of Francis of Austria

Double Emperor: The Life and Times of Francis of Austria

by Chip Wagar


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For forty-three years, Francis I of Austria ruled a vast heterogenous Empire that came to dominate the continent of Europe. Ascending Charlemagne’s thousand-year throne of the Holy Roman Empire at the age of twenty-four on the unexpected death of his father, this scion of the ancient Habsburg dynasty became the first Emperor of Austria and for two years, the only Double Emperor in history.
Both the father in law of Napoleon Bonaparte and his chief rival for dominance of the continent of Europe, Francis eventually led a coalition of nations to Paris in 1814 and sent Napoleon into exile. The exiled Napoleon’s only son and heir lived with his grandfather thereafter in Vienna until his tragic early death.
Kings, ministers, generals and the glitterati of Europe gathered under his watchful eye at the Congress of Vienna to decide the fate of a continent in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars in which he played a pivotal role. The Congress saw the emergence of his new Austrian Empire as the most dominant power in continental Europe until long after his death twenty years later.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, his modest lifestyle and simple tastes that set the tone of the Biedermeier era concealed a complex and calculating ruler whose initial, cautious liberalism gradually evolved into a stoic conservatism. No other life-biography in English has been written about this mysterious but powerful figure of early 19th century Europe whom Metternich and Radetzky called their master.

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ISBN-13: 9780761870777
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 930,671
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Chip Wagar is a lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Part I
Chapter 1: Birth and the Florentine Years
Chapter 2: Coming of Age – Vienna and Joseph II
Chapter 3: A Brief Transition – Leopold II
Chapter 4: Accession to Power – 1792
Part II
Chapter 5: The Economics of War and Peace
Chapter 6: The Habsburg Inheritance
Chapter 7: The Second Coalition
Chapter 8: Beethoven, The Third Coalition and The Birth of the Austrian Empire
Chapter 9: Conservative Reform in the Franciscan Era
Chapter 10: Wagram
Part III
Chapter 11: Metternich, Radetzky and the Policy of Collaboration
Chapter 12: Resurrection
Chapter 13: Triumph and Redemption
Chapter 14: Finis Napoleon
Chapter 15: The Congress of Vienna
Part IV
Chapter 16: After the Congress – Biedermeier Austria
Chapter 17: Family
Chapter 18: Francis and the Post War Era
Chapter 19: Luxury and Austrian Biedermeier Culture
Chapter 20: Revolution and Reaction
Chapter 21: Franciscan Twilight
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