Danubia : A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
by Simon Winder
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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For centuries, much of Europe was in the hands of the very special Habsburg family.An unstable mix of witches, obsessional, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw out – through luck, cunning and pure mule work – any number of his rivals, until finally packing until 1918From their main air along the Danube, they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and meddled everywhere – in fact, Europe’s history makes little sense without them.Simon Winder is extremely funny new book plunges the reader into a whirlwind of alchemy, skeletons, jewelry, bears, ditches, unhappy, weddings and guinea-pig villageDanubia is full of music, piracy, religion and fightingThis is the story of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a wide variety of landscapes, believed in many rival gods and often, showed a clear ingratitude towards their eccentric ruler in ViennaReaders who discovered Simon Winder’s genius for telling wonderful Central European stories with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburg dynasty and their world.Danubia was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013
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