Danubia: a Personal History of Habsburg Europe (Hardback)
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Danubia: a Personal History of Habsburg Europe (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 12/09/2013
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For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off - through luck, guile and sheer mulishness - any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From their principal lairs along the Danube they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and interfered everywhere - indeed the history of Europe hardly makes sense without them. Simon Winder's extremely funny new book plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Danubia is full of music, piracy, religion and fighting. It is the history of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in many rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder's genius for telling wonderful stories of middle Europe with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburgs and their world. Danubia was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330522786

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“Spectaculary researched and passionately written, but too much in too small a book.”

Simon Winder is clearly passionate about his subject matter and that passion really shines through in his writing style, but I just felt that he bit of a bit more than a book of this size could chew.

Danubia is... More

Paperback edition
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16th February 2015
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“Entertaining ecclectic history”

I should start this by saying that I adored Germania.... also that I, like Simon Winder, have a strange fascination with Central Europe. It is thanks to this fascination that I was lucky enough to spend a couple of... More

Hardback edition
1st December 2013
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“fantastic, funny & impressive”

A wonderfully written follow-up to Winder's Germania, full of Winder's trademark wit and fascinating snippets of life under the Habsburg empire.

My only wish would be for an enclosed family tree...

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28th October 2013
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