Son of Talleyrand – The Life of Comte Charles de Flahaut By Francoise de Bernardy

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Disinction came to Count Charles de Flahaut in many ways – by birth, at war, in love, as a diplomat, and through his children. His father was Talleyrand (also father, in similar, unconventional circumstances, of the painter Delacroix) and his mother was related by marriage to Mme. de Pompadour. He became a Leutenant-General and A.D.C. to Napoleon at the age of thirty, riding with the Emperor from the field of Waterloo. Among those who loved him were Hortense, Queen of Holland, who bore him a son; Caroline Murat, sister of Napoleon and Queen of Naples; Anna Potocka, neice of the last King of Poland; and Mlle. Mars of the Théâtre Français. In middle age he became the French Ambassador in Vienna, and as an old man he came to the Embassy in London thirty years after Talleyrand had taken over the same post at the same age

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His son by Queen Hortense, the Duc de Morny, was openly recognised by Napoleon III as a half-brother, and became a minister in the 2nd Empire; his daughter Emily, by his Scottish wife, married Lord Shelbourne, later Fourth Marquess of Lansdowne, and ancestor fo the present Lansdowne family. Though not great himself, de Flahaut was admired everywhere for his courage and his charm, and was probably more closely connected with the great than any other man of his age. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Some tearing to unclipped dustjacket, mainly at the top right, although there is no material missing. A little tanning and foxing to the edges and some to the dustjacket, but otherwise a tight clean copy in overall good condition. Hardcover. Published by Collins 1956. Weight 502g

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