Maximilian and Charlotte of Mexico - Vol. 2

Maximilian and Charlotte of Mexico - Vol. 2

Maximilian and Charlotte of Mexico - Vol. 2

Maximilian and Charlotte of Mexico - Vol. 2

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The Emperor and Empress of Mexico in Rome — The main problems relating to the Church remain unsolved — Anonymous threatening letters — The voyage — Protest against renouncing the succession — Preparations on the voyage — Cabinet secretariate and court ceremonial — Arrival at Vera Cruz .— Cold reception — Warmer welcome in the interior — The Empress Charlotte describes her impressions to Eugenie — The Madonna of Guadalupe — New turn of affairs in Mexico — Napoleon’s and King Leopold’s letters to the new Emperor — His answers — The question of Sonora — The Emperor’s liberal aspirations — His love of building — The paradise of Chapultepec — The Emperor’s letters to Vienna — His tour of the interior — Charlotte’s letters to Eugenie — Bazaine’s optimism — Opposition between Bazaine and Douay — The campaign in the north — Palmerston’s opinion on the Empire — Dissensions between the Emperor and the Marshal — Maximilian’s desire for expansion as far as the Isthmus of Panama — King Leopold’s interview with Napoleon at Compiègne — Letters from the two sovereigns to Maximilian — The European ministers in Mexico — The struggle over ecclesiastical matters — Maximilian refuses to yield — Charlotte’s conversation with the nuncio — Her plain speaking to the Empress Eugenie — Her attack on Bazaine’s secretary — Charlotte considers the position critical — . . .

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