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The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England

ISBN 978-1-904955-71-9

Erscheinungsdatum: 01.11.2010 . 223,0 mm x 150,0 mm x 25,0 mm . Hardcover .


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The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world's richest country, and the more brides they carried off, the more alarmed society became.
The most colorful of these men was Prince Hermann von P ckler-Muskau (1785-1871), remembered today as Germany's finest landscape gardener. In the mid-1820s, however, his efforts to turn his estate into a magnificent park came close to bankrupting him. To save his legacy his wife Lucie devised an unusual plan: they would divorce so that P ckler could marry an heiress who would finance further landscaping and, after a decent interval, be cajoled into accepting Lucie's continued residence. In September 1826, his marriage dissolved, P ckler set off for London...