Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Joan Haslip's The Crown of Mexico: Maximilian and His Empress Carlota

In the decades after the publication of Maximilian und Charlotte von Mexiko, Conte Corti's 1924 magnum opus, the first to rely on Maximilian's archives, several works covering the same period and personalities were published in English. The best of them is Joan Haslip's The Crown of Mexico: Maximilian and His Empress Carlota (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971).

From the dust jacket:

Joan Haslip is the daughter of the late George Ernest Haslip. M.D., the original planner of the British Health Service. She was educated privately in London and on the Continent and grew up in Florence. During the Second World War, she was editor in the Italian section of the European Service of the BBC. Miss Haslip has traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East and has lectured for the British Council in Italy and the Middle East. She is the author of Out of Focus, Lady Hester Stanhope, Parnell, Portrait of Pamela, Lucrezia Borgia, and The Lonely Empress.

Haslip died in Florence in 1994 at the age of 82. (Read an obituary here.)

Alas, I'm away from my files and shelves for the summer; I'll have more to say about this splendid book after Labor Day.

Next post: October 11, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. I have read this book and I beleive one of the most important actors in the tragedy of Maximilian and Carlota has been left out: the catholic church. Mexico has been under the tight control of the Vatican since the 16th century to the present. So I was expecting to find out how the catholics and the Vatican were involved in the plot to restore a catholic monarchy in Mexico and I was disappointed. Hardly any important and logical deep involvement is mentioned in this book in referal to the Vatican. And when I checked Haslip´s list of acknowledgments, there is no mention to any vatican files or achives, (most probably she wasnt allowed to study them although she doesnt mention if she tried or if she was prohibited to do so). But it is obvious that the Vatican was in to oust the liberals and the masons that were in the other side of the battle (Juarez and the USA). Maybe some day people will be able to know in more detail how the Vatican rallied Eugenia de Montijo (Napoleón´s wife) and others to regain the lost supremacy of Mexico through the enthronement of a direct descendent of the Hapsburg King Charles V.



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