Berlin. Vienna. St. Petersburg. Moscow

Berlin. Vienna. St. Petersburg. Moscow

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...he endeavored to inaugurate, such as the emancipation of the serfs, religious freedom, reduction of taxation, met with relentless opposition from both his clergy and nobility, and the Hungarian magnates openly threatened insurrection. Accordingly, in I790, Joseph found himself compelled to revoke his proposed reforms, and confess that his noble aspirations and endeavors had ended in disastrous failure. Always delicate in health, he never recovered from the blow, and, in a few weeks, sank into an untimely grave. The lives of few European sovereigns present a more interesting study than that of Joseph II. In the performance of his public duties he worked as hard as Frederick the Great, whom, though the enemy of Austria, he greatly admired. In summer he usually rose at five, and in winter at six. Then, slipping on a dressing-gown, he would attend to his accumulated despatches until nine o'clock, when he stopped for a frugal breakfast. He then dressed and went to the audience-chamber. Here he was not only accessible to all, but, being well-acquainted with the tyranny of. Court underlings, he used to go at regular intervals into the corridor, outside his audience-room, to personally ascertain if any one who wished to see him had been refused admission. He is said to have never kept any one Waiting with w'hom he had made an appointment. At about twelve he would conclude his audito the park, where he himself an open carriage drawn by two drive finished, Joseph returned ences, and go usually drove in horses. The sr. CIIARLI-: s' CHURCH. Tm: AUGUSTA BRIDGE AM. RUDOLPH BARRACKS. These were laid on the stove to be kept warm until the Emperor was ready; for, on returning from his drive, he often forgot his noon repast while looking...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890833
  • 9781236890832