Two Signatures are on the first blank endpage. - First Signature is by Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Second Signature is by the Author: Malcolm Howe. 1st October 2009 - Most people who know Portugal know the tragic circumstances of Manuel II¿s accession in 1908 following the assassination of his father Dom Carlos I and his brother Dom Luís Filipe. They also know of the monarchy in Portugal coming to an end with King Manuel¿s departure from Ericeira in 1910 for exile in the United Kingdom. But many of them know little more than that. Malcolm Howe¿s book has certainly put that to rights, successfully setting Manuel¿s all too-brief reign of just two years into its historical context. The young King emerges from these pages as a very real character with a great love of his people and country and a deep concern for the standing of the monarchy. Given the circumstances of the time, which Howe vividly evokes, it is a tribute to King Manuel¿s personal popularity and hard work that he survived for as long as two years. Howe recognises that achievement. Howe then enlightens us as to the King¿s life after his departure from Portugal. We learn of Manuel¿s splendid wedding to Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern and of their life together at Fulwell Park, Twickenham. We learn of Manuel¿s standing as a scholar who produced meticulous catalogues of the earliest books in his collection (1489 to 1600) with the object of showing the greatness of Portugal¿s exploits ¿ ¿raising the banner of her triumphs¿. The King says movingly in his foreword that, if the book proved his love for his country, he would have the supreme consolation of a duty done. We learn too of the tragic circumstances of his death. Malcolm Howe¿s book reproduces, for the first time in English, the text of the King¿s vivid and evocative account of the assassination of his father and brother. Reading the account, we come to realise that he himself had been injured and just how close he and his mother had come to suffering the same fate. Howe also reproduces the King¿s letter to his mother from London where he is attending the funeral of King Edward VII. How often have we seen the photograph of George V with the eight Kings who attended his father¿s funeral. Never before have we had a glimpse of the response of one of those monarchs to the impression made by that great ceremonial event. Malcolm Howe¿s exposition of a difficult period of Portugal¿s history is very intelligent and makes compelling reading. His carefully researched text is supported by a brilliantly comprehensive range of contemporary photographs and illustrations. CONDITION & DESCRIPTION: This book was produced without a dustjacket. The illustrated front board was created by Bernard Partridge. he book is in a mint condition. - There are a few small newspaper copies and a copy of the special celebrations at the Church of St James, Twickehham on 29th September 2009 for: King Manuel II of Portugal. - [SHIPPING] Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. - Regards from Arabella. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: DOM MANUEL II - The last King of Portugal - ...
Publisher: The Book Press
Publication Date: 2009
Illustrator: Bernard Partridge
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: FIRST EDITION & FIRST PRINTING
Book Description Book Press - The Foundation Of The Order Of Saint Michael Of The Wing, London, 2009 First Edition. Hardback., 2009. 8vo. pp 96. Original publisher's illustrated laminated boards. Issued without dust jacket. Illustrated in b/w throughout. Signed inscription on the front endpaper (possibly from the author). ISBN: 0954002326 Very good+. Excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # C42386