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Prince of Europe : the life of Charles-Joseph de Ligne, 1735-1814

Author: Philip Mansel
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prince Charles-Joseph de Ligne has the paradoxical reputation of being both famous and little known. He was a Renaissance man in Enlightenment Europe: a grand aristocrat, a talented general, a provocative writer, a brilliant conversationalist, a great garden lover, a moralist and a memoirist. His desire for military glory and literary fame was as great as his appetite for lovers." "The Prince de Ligne witnessed the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Joseph Ligne, prince de; Charles-Joseph de Ligne
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Mansel
ISBN: 1842127314 9781842127315
OCLC Number: 50999644
Description: xiv, 338 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Philip Mansel.
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A biography of this colourful cosmopolitan figure, who charmed his way across the courts of 18th-century Europe.  Read more...

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