Author Name    Bondeson, Jan

Title   THE GREAT PRETENDERS: THE TRUE STORIES BEHIND FAMOUS HISTORICAL MYSTERIES

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Fine/Fine

Edition   1st Edition

Publisher    W. W. Norton & Company 2004

ISBN Number    0393019691 / 9780393019698

Seller ID   RWARE0000012400

A highly collectible first edition/printing, protected in a new brodart wra pper. In nineteenth-century Russia, many people believed that a certain Siberian hermit was really the late Tsar Alexander I. After the French Revolution, several men gained followings by claiming to be the surviving son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Bondeson, a British rheumatologist with an engaging sideline in the more sensational byways of history, sifts evidence with a keen understanding of the difficulty of establishing truth: "Kings and queens are mere mortals, but it is difficult to kill off a good story." DNA testing has felled a few hypotheses, but mysteries persist, in part, Bondeson believes, because they are bound up with larger questions of national identity. He also writes about the not-so-great pretenders: the long-lost relatives who show up just in time to contest the family fortune. These trials provided high drama in Victorian England, reaching a peak of silliness when one witness testified that Charles Dickens, between books, acted as a pimp for the eccentric Duke of Portland.

Price = 1000.00 JPY


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