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Napoleon's master : a life of Prince Talleyrand

Author: David Lawday
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Charles-Maurice de Tallyrand-Perigord (1754-1838) was a diplomat for all regimes. He had major French governmental posts, including brief stints as prime minister, for nearly four decades: during the post-terror phase of the French Revolution and then under Napoleon and the Bourbon King Louis XVIII. As portrayed by Lawday, a former correspondent for the Economist, Talleyrand was a womanizer (he and Gouverneur  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent; Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Lawday
ISBN: 9780312372972 0312372973
OCLC Number: 162126882
Notes: Originally published : London : J. Cape, c2006.
Description: 386 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Paris 1809 --
Born to count --
In the black --
A good revolution --
Saved by a passport --
America --
Encounter with a warrior --
Minister of civilisation --
Napoleon breaks his leash --
England's baggage --
Austerlitz --
and Trafalgar --
The quartermaster's two-step --
Disgrace --
Tea with the tsar --
A stockingful of mistrust --
1812 --
A conqueror's fall --
'One more Frenchman' --
The congress of Vienna --
Waterloo --
National grouch --
Last performance.
Responsibility: David Lawday.
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Charles-Maurice de Tallyrand-Perigord (1754-1838) was a diplomat for all regimes. He had major French governmental posts, including brief stints as prime minister, for nearly four decades: during the post-terror phase of the French Revolution and then under Napoleon and the Bourbon King Louis XVIII. As portrayed by Lawday, a former correspondent for the Economist, Talleyrand was a womanizer (he and Gouverneur Morris, then the American ambassador to Paris, competed for the same mistress) and a money-grubber, with a certain aristocratic hauteur. Yet Tallyrand was gifted at diplomacy: he was patient, an exceptional listener and, most important, a conciliator. Having had an exceptionally close relationship with Napoleon, he came to staunchly oppose the emperor's insatiable ambition and even committed near-treason in his complicity with Austria and Russia against Napoleon. Lawday devotes appropriate space to Talleyrand's finest moment, the 1815 Congress of Vienna, where his skills steered the assembled diplomats to allowing France to remain an integral part of the concert of Europe. -- Publishers Weekly.

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