Hi, Everyone! I hope all of you are doing great!!
I started reading a new book called, The Empress. It’s based on Princess Charlotte from Belgium. She and her husband, Maximillian I of Austria were the first and last Empress and Emperor of Mexico.
This book reads in the third person and mostly involves Charlotte, but it also narrates the lives and stories of many people involved within Mexico’s government and how Mexican loyal (Conservatives) to the European crown and way of living wanted to prop up a foreign Emperor - Maximillian and Charlotte. Napoleon III decided to send Maximilian and Charlotte on this mission.
Charlotte, at first was in love with Max but was disappointed over the years as he never loved her back. I think he preferred male company rather than the female company. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Charlotte has an affair all while trying to maintain her and Max’s seat of power in Mexico and hold sway with Napoleon III.
I’m a bit through half of the book and so far it’s ok. I thought it would be a little bit more in-depth into her own life, rather than throw the many different narratives. Overall I think it’s cool because I remember going to school when we still lived in Mexico and hearing about Princess Carlota when we were learning Mexican History. I was pretty young when we left Mexico so, I don’t remember much of the history, except the most popular names of Hildalgo, Morelos, Zapata, Juarez, etc. So it’s been cool to delve a little deeper into this part of Mexico’s history!
Just thought I’d shared it here! <3