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The Habsburgs / Re: Help with Photo Identification, Question or Caption
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:18:53 AM »
For the the last couple of years I have been looking for any book that could have the photograph below. I know it was taken in 1865 by François Aubert because a lithography of it can be found in the German book "Maximilian: Erzherzog von Osterreich: Kaiser von Mexiko in seitgenossischen Photographien". However, I want a book that has the actual photo. The one which has been uploaded on Wikipedia has a poor overall quality. Can anyone help me out with this one?


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1) Are there photographs of him in the 1840s and early 1850s?

I haven't seen none, only some paintings and drawings showing him in early age, the first photos that I've seen of him are of the late 1850's (like the one when he is portrayed with his brand-new wife Charlotte) I haven't seen none even of his brother Franz Joseph (who was more possible to being photographed at becoming Emperor after 1848) but only the same, paintings and drawings of him on his early years (even as Emperor). I doubt that there are... or perhaps some unknown ones :-?

Odd. There certainly is photos of him in the late 1840s and 1850s but is quite probably that historians were lazy and didn't look after well enough. His Brazilian first cousin, Emperor Pedro II, has photos from the later 1840s as you can see in his article on Wikipedia.

Does anyone has the book "Ein Kaiser unterwegs"?

Lastly, is there any book about Maximilian with this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Emperor_maximilian_of_mexico.jpg ) photo ?

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The Habsburgs / Photographs of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:39:59 AM »
Hi! I have a few questions about photographs of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico:

1) Are there photographs of him in the 1840s and early 1850s?
2) Is there any book with good photos of Maximilian?

Thank you all!

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French Royals / Re: Gaston, Count of Eu and the Orleans-Braganza family
« on: February 03, 2011, 01:00:47 PM »
I'm sure a lot of you have seen these and they may have been posted before but...

Young Gaston


Standing far right with his brother (center) and Orleans and Coburg cousins.



Hi! Do you have a larger version of both photos? I'm a Brazilian editor at the English Wikipedia and I'm going to start improving his article and those photos would certainly be quite useful. Thank you very much!

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Iberian Royal Families / Re: Books on Iberian royalty
« on: May 16, 2010, 05:13:35 PM »
Not really.

The nobility in Brazil was very small and much smaller when compared to European standards. Since nobilitiy in Brazil was not hereditary and it was granted according to merit, and not family status, we do not have "claimants" to any nobility titles in Brazil nowadays.

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Iberian Royal Families / Re: Books on Iberian royalty
« on: May 14, 2010, 08:45:47 AM »
I have.

The book does not focus too much, in fact, not at all, in politics. It is more about the simbolic image of the monarchy, of how was perceived by Brazilians. The book tells how Pedro II evolved from the image of "savior of the Nation" during the chaotic 1830s to "Father of the Nation" between 1840s to 1860s than to "Lord or War" in the 1860s then to "Citizen Emperor" in the 1870s and finaly, to weak and uninterest monarch in the 1880s.

It has many history errors. If you want a precise view of Pedro II's life, you should skip it. It is more interest as complement, as a book that explain how the monarch was seen in Brazil.

However, if you are really interested on reading about Pedro II, you must have "Citizen Emperor" by British historian Roderick J. Barman. Interesting enough, although it is a true biography, it explains far better the simbolic role of the monarch that the book "The Emperor's beard".

But, if you are keen on reading about Pedro II now and does not have the time or patience to read full books I would recomend the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_II_of_Brazil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_and_fall_of_Pedro_II_of_Brazil

Have fun!

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