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Maria Theresa - The Last Conservative Constance Lily Morris

Maria Theresa - The Last Conservative

Constance Lily Morris

Published March 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781406733716
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496 pages
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THE LAST CONSERVATIVE by Constance Lily Morris New York Alfred A Knopf London 1937 Copyright 1937 by Constance Lily Morris All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher,MoreTHE LAST CONSERVATIVE by Constance Lily Morris New York Alfred A Knopf London 1937 Copyright 1937 by Constance Lily Morris All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages or reproduce not more than three illustrations in a review to be printed in a maga zine or newspaper. Manufactured in the United States of America MARIA THERESA, 1756 after a portrait in the palace in Schonbrunn To My Husband 6 108C38 t y Voltaire A LA REINE DE HONGRIE Marie Therese dAutriche I Fille de ces heros que FEmpire cut pour maitres, Digne du trone auguste ou 1 on vit tes ancetres, Toujours pres de leur chute et toujours affermis Princesse magnanime, Qui jouis de 1 estime De tons tes ennemis Le Francis genereux, si fier et si traitable, Dont le gout pour la gloire est le seul gout durable, Et qui vole en aveugle oil 1 honneur le conduit, Inonde ton empire, Te combat et tadmire, Tadore et te poursuit. Par des nceuds etonnants 1 altiere Germanic, A Fempire fran ais malgre soi reunie, Fait de 1 Europe entire un objet de piti6 Et leur longue querelle Fut cent fois moins cruelle Que leur triste amitie. ODE III Ainsi de 1 equateur et des antres de 1 Ourse Les vents impetueux emportent dans leur course Des nuages epais, Fun a 1 autre opposes Et, tandis quils sunissent, Les f oudres retentissent De leurs flancs embrases. Quoi des rois bienfaisants ordonnent ces ravages Us annoncent le calme, ils forment les orages Us pretendent conduire a la felicite Les nations tremblantes, Par les routes sanglantes Delacalamite vieillard venerable a qui les destinees Ont de 1 heureux Nestor accorde les annees, Sage que rien nalarme et que rien neblouit, Veux-tu priver le monde De cette paix profonde Donttoname jouit Ah sil pouvait encore, au gre de sa prudence, Tenant egalement le glaive et la balance, Ferrner, par des ressorts aux mortels inconnus, De sa main respectee, La porte ensanglantee Du temple de Janus Si de Tor des Frangais les sources egarees, Ne f ertilisant plus de lointaines contrees, Rapportaient 1 abondance au sein de nos remparts, Embellissaient nos villes, Arrosaient les asiles Ou languissent les arts vi ODE XII Beaux-Arts, enfants du Ciel, de la Paix et des Graces, Que Louis en triomphe amena sur ses traces, Ranimez vos travaux, si brillant autref ois, Vos mains decouragees, Vos lyres negligees, Et vos tremblantes voix. De Ilmmortalite vos succes sont le gage. Tous ces traites rompus et suivis du carnage, Ces triomphes dun jour, si vains, si celebres, Tout passe, et tout retornbe Dans la nuit de la tombe Et vous seuls demeurez PREFACE AUSTRIA TODAY is a pathetic contrast to the Austria of the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, this remnant of what was once one of the greatest powers of the civilized world still plays a vital part in the European drama and is a significant factor among the political forces shaping Europes destiny. All that remains of the glory of the past is the city of Vienna and a small group of outlying provinces. Retaining the size and character of an Imperial capital, Vienna of today has been deprived of its Imperial functions, and is a tragic reminder of those great days of affluence when Maria The resa and her court lent majesty to this beautiful city. The inroads begun during her reign by her arch-enemy, Frederick, initiated the decline of MariaTheresas realm. These inroads have continued until this day and may not yet have terminated. It is this situation that justifies a close study of the case and warrants a re-examination of the steps leading to the conditions now existing. Recent information from Hungarian archives and other sources accentuates the human qualities of Maria Theresa and places her in a more realistic light than has, until now, been depicted by historians. Her Austrian biographers have always idealized her and surrounded her with a romantic aura...