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Twilight of Empire
The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs
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"It is Greg King and Penny Wilson's aim, in"Twilight of Empire," to provide a satisfying explanation for the incident at Mayerling. In this they have succeeded marvelously, offering up a lucid and entertaining historical portrait along the way." --The Wall Street Journal "[A] fascinating reconstruction of the complex historical, political, and personal framework that preceded the tragedy...This fine example of historical detective work by the always-entertaining and-enlightening King-and-Wilson duo is all the more compelling because this unfortunate event had a resounding ripple effect that contributed to both the demise of the Habsburg Empire and the onset of WWI." - Booklist "[T]he authors lay out a variety of theories for readers to ponder. Recommended for fans of imperial histories, royal scandals, or tragic romances." - Kirkus "[A] lurid tale of lust and death in the waning days of the Habsburg Empire...Royal historians King and Wilson use archival research to effectively debunk the rumors that still swirl around Mayerling, revealing the tragic personal histories of its key figures while providing an evocative look at Viennese high society." - Publisher's Weekly
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GREG KING is the author of several internationally published works of history, including The Assassination of the Archduke. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the European Royal History Journal, and his work has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Royalty Magazine, Royalty Digest, and Atlantis Magazine. PENNY WILSON is the coauthor (with Greg King) of such histories on late Imperial Russia as The Fate of the Romanovs and The Resurrection of the Romanovs. Her historical work has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Atlantis Magazine, and Royalty Digest.