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The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848 Beginning With The Return From Exile Of Louis Philippe D Orleans In 1814, Together With His Sister, Madame Adelaide, Price Examines The Remarkable Period That Saw Not One But Two Revolutions The First, In 1830, Put Louis Philippe On The Throne The Second, In 1848, Saw Him Exiled Once , Destined To Spend The Last Years Of His Life In Quiet Seclusion In Surrey Drawing On Previously Unpublished Letters And Journals, Price Focuses On The Amazing Political Machinations Of Madame Adelaide Mentioned Only Rarely In Other Histories Of The Time, Price Restores Her To Rightful Prominence And Reveals How Her Intelligence And Behind The Scenes Wrangling Secured Her Brother The Throne, Thereby Creating France S Only Long Lasting Experiment With A Constitutional Monarchy.

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  • 416 pages
  • The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848
  • Munro Price
  • English
  • 15 June 2019

About the Author: Munro Price

Munro Price is a British historian noted for his award winning work on French history Price was educated at Cambridge University For most of his career he has been based at the University of Bradford, where he is currently professor of Modern European History He has also taught at the University of Swansea and the University of Lyon

10 thoughts on “The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848

  1. says:

    Munro Price s The Perilous Crown France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848 is an interesting look at the Restoration and July Monarchy in that the author uses Louis Philippe, duc d Orl ans and later King of the French as the subject of this book However, this is not a biography, as stated by historians like Sylvia Neeley Instead, it is a close look at the French monarchy in the post Napoleonic period While there are details about Louis Philippe s personal life, this book is far concerned with the role of the monarchy in its relationship to the rest of government.Indeed, Price traces the role of the king from his position as a limited monarch to a traditional constitutional monarchy with parliamentary structures Important to this argument is Price s claim that the July Revolution is best seen not as a definitive rupture, but as part of a much organic process, the development of constitutional monarchy in France 190 This connects closely with an earlier argument made by Price, that the 1827 upheavals against Charles X represented a fundamentally change in the deep structures of the French government politics are now controlled by the voters, no matter how small the electorate is 122 By the end of the book, Price argues that the July Monarchy did the most to end the Revolution and steer the French government to evolutionary changes Although this failed in 1848, it did have ...

  2. says:

    In spite of the book s subtitle, promising to cover the period of 1814 1848, very little space is given to the reign of Charles X Instead, this is essentially a political biography of Louis Philippe Orl ans and of his sister Adelaide In that regard it s extremely successful, being a detailed and thoughtful examination of Louis Philippe s reign with a strong focus on his interactions with cabinet and his sister Of particular interest to me was his Anglophile foreign policy, and the extraordinary balancing act he managed between the competing interests of the great powers of Europe, which helped to preserve an uneasy peace on the continent.Price conveys all of this with an extraordinary eye to detail and understanding of...

  3. says:

    This book contains a personal story that intersects with a political story The personal story is Louis Philippe s relationship with his devoted and ambitious sister, Adelaide, whose bond with her brother was shaped by their shared tragedies during the French Revolution Despite chafing under the Bourbon kings during the Restoration, Louis Philippe balked at the chance to rule in 1830 until his sister essentially accepted the crown on his behalf during the revolution Adelaide remained his close confidant and agent during most of his reign, particularly with regard to diplomacy It s a curious fact that she died just before the Orleanist dynasty fell As underscored by periodically citing the existence of the influential mistresses and wives of contemporary public figures, the author s message appears to be the old adage that behind every successful man is a woman.The political story is that the undoing of the Restoration and July monarchies alike was the kings attempt to make ministries accountable to themselves even if they could not attain the adherence of the legislature This was most egregious in the Restoration period, when Charles X essentially asserted his authority to override the Charter But even the Orleanist ministries were content to keep the franchise restricted, even as al...

  4. says:

    A readable history of two important figures, one almost forgotten today and the other completely unknown outside specialists The protagonists are Louis Philippe d Orl ans, a prince who supported the French Revolution, was exiled by it, and then eventually rose to become King of the French for 18 years, both rising and falling due to separate, smaller revolutions but also Louis Philippe s sister Ad la de, a brilliant, strong willed woman who devoted her life to championing her brother, as his confidant and surrogate The Perilous Crown is not so much a biography as it is a history of an era told through the lens of two prominent participants, though its use of this focus makes it readable than a pure history Author Munro Price is also a fine writer who sprinkles his prose with witty asides and wry observations he is helped by the natural wit of many of the era s prominent figures, not merely Louis Philippe and Ad la de their fondness for scatological humor aside , but also leading chroniclers of and participants in the era such as Victor Hugo, Adolphe Thiers and Fran ois Guizot Price is sympathetic to his protagonists but also unsparing about their foibles, especially Louis Philippe s tendency to vacillate under pressure and the growing political rigidity that characterized him as he grew older though casual readers ...

  5. says:

    This book was well researched, but with a rather narrow focus I did think when I bought it that it would focus on the overall time period mentioned in the subtitle, but it instead focussed on the Last King of the French, Louis Philippe and his sister Adelaide I have read quite a lot about the French Revolution which usually puts the Orleans family in a bad light, so it was a bit of a struggle to learn about these historical figures when my preliminary impressions have b...

  6. says:

    This was the first book I read that dealt with this time period of France so I don t have much reference point I enjoy personal biographies than government policy or economic history However Price made these aspects of the period quite readable He points out what he thinks were the causes of each of the government upheavals during the Restoration, the revolution of 1830, and the revolution of 1848 Keeping track of the politicians and the different governments set up during this time is a bit difficult, but I think this is due to the fact that the history is confusing and not Price s writing Unfortunately, his obvious enthusiasm for the history of the July Monarchy I think takes away from his chapters on the Bourbon restoration He tends to gloss over that part of the period He definitely should have dedicated a litt...

  7. says:

    Although nominally a history of France during the Restoration 1814 1830 and the July Monarchy 1830 1848 , Munro Price s excellent book is essentially a biography of Louis Philippe, duc d Orl ans, later King of the French I found it very informative, and written in a bright and engaging style Interestingly, Price is one of the first historians to make extensive use of the correspondence of Louis Philippe s sister and close confidante and adviser, Madame Ad la de This is surprising because it was largely Ad la de who put Louis Philippe on the throne in the wake of the 1830 revolution She also wrote regularly to m...

  8. says:

    Rather good very much the royal Orl anist perspective of the July monwrchy, and partial to Louis Phillippe and Adelaide, as might be expected but as I been reading from a revolutionary perspective lately, an interesting royalist counterbalance Good at showing the role of ...

  9. says:

    LOVE IT Highly recommend Great author and great book.

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