The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848

The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848


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  • 416 pages
  • The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848
  • Munro Price
  • English
  • 07 April 2014

10 thoughts on “The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848

  1. Ekul Ekul says:

    Munro Price’s The Perilous Crown France Between Revolutions 1814 1848 is an interesting look at the Restoration and July Monarchy in that the author uses Louis Philippe duc d’Orléans and later King of the French as the subject of this book However this is not a biography as stated by historians like Sylvia Neeley Instead it is a close look at the French monarchy in the post Napoleonic period While there are details about Louis Philippe’s personal life this book is far concerned with the role of the monarchy in its relationship to the rest of governmentIndeed Price traces the role of the king from his position as a “limited monarch” to a traditional constitutional monarchy with parliamentary structures Important to this argument is Price’s claim that the July Revolution is best seen “not as a definitive rupture but as part of a much organic process the development of constitutional monarchy in France” 190 This connects closely with an earlier argument made by Price that the 1827 upheavals against Charles X represented a fundamentally change in the deep structures of the French government—politics are now controlled by the voters no matter how small the electorate is 122 By the end of the book Price argues that the July Monarchy did the most to “end the Revolution” and steer the French government to evolutionary changes Although this failed in 1848 it did have long term effectsSignificantly much of this book dwells on the role of Louis Philippe’s sister Adélaïde By examining correspondence between Louis Philippe Adélaïde and Marie Amélie Louis Philippe’s wife Price concludes that Adélaïde had a far influential role in the policy of Louis Philippe than previously thought While she was caricatured throughout the July Monarchy for pulling the strings of the monarchy few historians have taken the time to examine her role and Price’s book fills an important gap here While he does credit her with helping Louis Philippe rise to power and navigate the difficulties of reigning and governing he does give too much weight to her role Near the end of the book he spends a significant amount of time dwelling on the uestion if the Revolution of 1848 would have turned out differently if Adélaïde lived two months to experience it Rather than see her as a person with agency she appears as a good luck charm in Price’s analysisMany historians remain unconvinced that the Orléans family and particularly Louis Philippe should be viewed as such benevolent characters These historians make an excellent point as Price does everything he can to downplay the flaws of Louis Philippe making the narrative one sided Moreover he does not give any attention to outside factors creating very much a “great man” history He places the fall of the monarchy on small weaknesses in Louis Philippe’s ability rather than criticism of liberalism economic disenfranchisement etcDespite these flaws The Perilous Crown is a convincing book and a sympathetic look at Louis Philippe and his family Price’s work is heavily sourced and creative in looking particularly closely at correspondence between members of the Orléans family Sébastiani Talleyrand as well as numerous diary entries His use of direct uotes flows well with the narrative and this book is accessible to the general public Anyone who is curious about this oft dismissed period of French history will find this book interesting and provocative


  2. Mick Mick says:

    In spite of the book's subtitle promising to cover the period of 1814 1848 very little space is given to the reign of Charles X Instead this is essentially a political biography of Louis PhilippeOrléans and of his sister Adelaide In that regard it's extremely successful being a detailed and thoughtful examination of Louis Philippe's reign with a strong focus on his interactions with cabinet and his sister Of particular interest to me was his Anglophile foreign policy and the extraordinary balancing act he managed between the competing interests of the great powers of Europe which helped to preserve an uneasy peace on the continentPrice conveys all of this with an extraordinary eye to detail and understanding of his subject The result is a book which although dense at times is highly informative I was certainly not familiar with these events but feel like I have a much stronger understanding having finished this book


  3. Anna Vincent Anna Vincent says:

    LOVE IT Highly recommend Great author and great book


  4. Adam Glantz Adam Glantz says:

    This book contains a personal story that intersects with a political story The personal story is Louis Philippe's relationship with his devoted and ambitious sister Adelaide whose bond with her brother was shaped by their shared tragedies during the French Revolution Despite chafing under the Bourbon kings during the Restoration Louis Philippe balked at the chance to rule in 1830 until his sister essentially accepted the crown on his behalf during the revolution Adelaide remained his close confidant and agent during most of his reign particularly with regard to diplomacy It's a curious fact that she died just before the Orleanist dynasty fell As underscored by periodically citing the existence of the influential mistresses and wives of contemporary public figures the author's message appears to be the old adage that behind every successful man is a womanThe political story is that the undoing of the Restoration and July monarchies alike was the kings' attempt to make ministries accountable to themselves even if they could not attain the adherence of the legislature This was most egregious in the Restoration period when Charles X essentially asserted his authority to override the Charter But even the Orleanist ministries were content to keep the franchise restricted even as almost every election result advertised a rejection of successive royally approved governments In this Louis Philippe ignored the gradual reformism of his favorite foreign country Britain and perhaps Adelaide who made her peace with the legacy of the Revolution would have counseled reform in 1848 if she'd lived a bit longer Thus the author is telling a tragic story of a well meaning king whose indecisiveness and growing conservatism prevented him from adapting to the changing times


  5. David Montgomery David Montgomery says:

    A readable history of two important figures one almost forgotten today and the other completely unknown outside specialists The protagonists are Louis Philippe d'Orléans a prince who supported the French Revolution was exiled by it and then eventually rose to become King of the French for 18 years both rising and falling due to separate smaller revolutions — but also Louis Philippe's sister Adélaïde a brilliant strong willed woman who devoted her life to championing her brother as his confidant and surrogate The Perilous Crown is not so much a biography as it is a history of an era told through the lens of two prominent participants though its use of this focus makes it readable than a pure history Author Munro Price is also a fine writer who sprinkles his prose with witty asides and wry observations; he is helped by the natural wit of many of the era's prominent figures not merely Louis Philippe and Adélaïde their fondness for scatological humor aside but also leading chroniclers of and participants in the era such as Victor Hugo Adolphe Thiers and François Guizot Price is sympathetic to his protagonists but also unsparing about their foibles especially Louis Philippe's tendency to vacillate under pressure and the growing political rigidity that characterized him as he grew older though casual readers might find their eyes glazing over in some of the later chapters when Price apologetically dives into the dizzying political turmoil of Louis Philippe's so called July Monarchy no background in French history is necessary to appreciate this accessible book


  6. Megan Megan says:

    This book was well researched but with a rather narrow focus I did think when I bought it that it would focus on the overall time period mentioned in the subtitle but it instead focussed on the Last King of the French Louis Philippe and his sister Adelaide I have read uite a lot about the French Revolution which usually puts the Orleans family in a bad light so it was a bit of a struggle to learn about these historical figures when my preliminary impressions have been negative However Price does a good job at making them well rounded and a little likeable Therefore I still found the book good rather than great although it was easy to read so 35 stars


  7. Nadine Nadine says:

    This was the first book I read that dealt with this time period of France so I don't have much reference point I enjoy personal biographies than government policy or economic history However Price made these aspects of the period uite readable He points out what he thinks were the causes of each of the government upheavals during the Restoration the revolution of 1830 and the revolution of 1848 Keeping track of the politicians and the different governments set up during this time is a bit difficult but I think this is due to the fact that the history is confusing and not Price's writing Unfortunately his obvious enthusiasm for the history of the July Monarchy I think takes away from his chapters on the Bourbon restoration He tends to gloss over that part of the period He definitely should have dedicated a little manuscript there or renamed his book Louis Phillipe and the July Monarchy since he discusses Louis Phillipe's background prior to 1814 a little bit than Bourbons I think he attributes government policies a bit too much to Louis Phillipe's sister Adelaide but I'd have to read other books on the July Monarchy to determine if he makes a good argument Overall A good start to the history of the July Monarchy My Rating 35 stars


  8. Mshelton50 Mshelton50 says:

    Although nominally a history of France during the Restoration 1814 1830 and the July Monarchy 1830 1848 Munro Price's excellent book is essentially a biography of Louis Philippe duc d'Orléans later King of the French I found it very informative and written in a bright and engaging style Interestingly Price is one of the first historians to make extensive use of the correspondence of Louis Philippe's sister and close confidante and adviser Madame Adélaïde This is surprising because it was largely Adélaïde who put Louis Philippe on the throne in the wake of the 1830 revolution She also wrote regularly to many influential figures including Prince de Talleyrand and General Sébastiani the French ambassadors to Britain for the first nine years of the reign Price wonders whether has she been alive Adélaïde could have saved the monarchy in February 1848 I highly recommend this book


  9. Bri Bri says:

    Rather good very much the royal Orléanist perspective of the July monwrchy and partial to Louis Phillippe and Adelaide as might be expected; but as I been reading from a revolutionary perspective lately an interesting royalist counterbalance Good at showing the role of 'Egerias' emailed advisors subtly working their influence in royal and government arenas as they couldn't in masculine centred revolutionary groups in this period Well written and readable Popular not historiographical focus


  10. Johan Johan says:

    Having read this sympathetic view of the Orléans monarch I still can't muster many positive feelings about the man


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The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848 Author Munro Price – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Beginning with the return from exile of Louis Philippe d'Orleans in 1814 together with his sister Madame Adelaide Price examines the remarkable period that saw not one but two revolutions; the first i Beginning with the return from exile of Crown: France PDF Í Louis Philippe d'Orleans in together with his sister Madame Adelaide Price examines the remarkable period that saw not one but two revolutions; the first in put Louis Philippe on the throne; the second in saw him exiled once destined to spend the last years of his life in uiet seclusion in Surrey Drawing on previously unpublished letters and journals Price focuses on the amazing political machinations of Madame Adelaide Mentioned only rarely in other The Perilous Epub / histories of the time Price restores her to rightful prominence and reveals how her intelligence and behind the scenes wrangling secured her brother the throne thereby creating France's only long lasting experiment with a constitutional monarchy.


About the Author: Munro Price

Munro Price is a British historian noted Crown: France PDF Í for his award winning work on French history Price was educated at Cambridge University For most of his career he has been based at the University of Bradford where he is currently professor of Modern European History He has also taught at the University of Swansea and the University of Lyon.


10 thoughts on “The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814 1848

  1. Ekul Ekul says:

    Munro Price’s The Perilous Crown France Between Revolutions 1814 1848 is an interesting look at the Restoration and July Monarchy in that the author uses Louis Philippe duc d’Orléans and later King of the French as the subject of this book However this is not a biography as stated by historians like Sylvia Neeley Instead it is a close look at the French monarchy in the post Napoleonic period While there are details about Louis Philippe’s personal life this book is far concerned with the role of the monarchy in its relationship to the rest of governmentIndeed Price traces the role of the king from his position as a “limited monarch” to a traditional constitutional monarchy with parliamentary structures Important to this argument is Price’s claim that the July Revolution is best seen “not as a definitive rupture but as part of a much organic process the development of constitutional monarchy in France” 190 This connects closely with an earlier argument made by Price that the 1827 upheavals against Charles X represented a fundamentally change in the deep structures of the French government—politics are now controlled by the voters no matter how small the electorate is 122 By the end of the book Price argues that the July Monarchy did the most to “end the Revolution” and steer the French government to evolutionary changes Although this failed in 1848 it did have long term effectsSignificantly much of this book dwells on the role of Louis Philippe’s sister Adélaïde By examining correspondence between Louis Philippe Adélaïde and Marie Amélie Louis Philippe’s wife Price concludes that Adélaïde had a far influential role in the policy of Louis Philippe than previously thought While she was caricatured throughout the July Monarchy for pulling the strings of the monarchy few historians have taken the time to examine her role and Price’s book fills an important gap here While he does credit her with helping Louis Philippe rise to power and navigate the difficulties of reigning and governing he does give too much weight to her role Near the end of the book he spends a significant amount of time dwelling on the uestion if the Revolution of 1848 would have turned out differently if Adélaïde lived two months to experience it Rather than see her as a person with agency she appears as a good luck charm in Price’s analysisMany historians remain unconvinced that the Orléans family and particularly Louis Philippe should be viewed as such benevolent characters These historians make an excellent point as Price does everything he can to downplay the flaws of Louis Philippe making the narrative one sided Moreover he does not give any attention to outside factors creating very much a “great man” history He places the fall of the monarchy on small weaknesses in Louis Philippe’s ability rather than criticism of liberalism economic disenfranchisement etcDespite these flaws The Perilous Crown is a convincing book and a sympathetic look at Louis Philippe and his family Price’s work is heavily sourced and creative in looking particularly closely at correspondence between members of the Orléans family Sébastiani Talleyrand as well as numerous diary entries His use of direct uotes flows well with the narrative and this book is accessible to the general public Anyone who is curious about this oft dismissed period of French history will find this book interesting and provocative

  2. Mick Mick says:

    In spite of the book's subtitle promising to cover the period of 1814 1848 very little space is given to the reign of Charles X Instead this is essentially a political biography of Louis PhilippeOrléans and of his sister Adelaide In that regard it's extremely successful being a detailed and thoughtful examination of Louis Philippe's reign with a strong focus on his interactions with cabinet and his sister Of particular interest to me was his Anglophile foreign policy and the extraordinary balancing act he managed between the competing interests of the great powers of Europe which helped to preserve an uneasy peace on the continentPrice conveys all of this with an extraordinary eye to detail and understanding of his subject The result is a book which although dense at times is highly informative I was certainly not familiar with these events but feel like I have a much stronger understanding having finished this book

  3. Anna Vincent Anna Vincent says:

    LOVE IT Highly recommend Great author and great book

  4. Adam Glantz Adam Glantz says:

    This book contains a personal story that intersects with a political story The personal story is Louis Philippe's relationship with his devoted and ambitious sister Adelaide whose bond with her brother was shaped by their shared tragedies during the French Revolution Despite chafing under the Bourbon kings during the Restoration Louis Philippe balked at the chance to rule in 1830 until his sister essentially accepted the crown on his behalf during the revolution Adelaide remained his close confidant and agent during most of his reign particularly with regard to diplomacy It's a curious fact that she died just before the Orleanist dynasty fell As underscored by periodically citing the existence of the influential mistresses and wives of contemporary public figures the author's message appears to be the old adage that behind every successful man is a womanThe political story is that the undoing of the Restoration and July monarchies alike was the kings' attempt to make ministries accountable to themselves even if they could not attain the adherence of the legislature This was most egregious in the Restoration period when Charles X essentially asserted his authority to override the Charter But even the Orleanist ministries were content to keep the franchise restricted even as almost every election result advertised a rejection of successive royally approved governments In this Louis Philippe ignored the gradual reformism of his favorite foreign country Britain and perhaps Adelaide who made her peace with the legacy of the Revolution would have counseled reform in 1848 if she'd lived a bit longer Thus the author is telling a tragic story of a well meaning king whose indecisiveness and growing conservatism prevented him from adapting to the changing times

  5. David Montgomery David Montgomery says:

    A readable history of two important figures one almost forgotten today and the other completely unknown outside specialists The protagonists are Louis Philippe d'Orléans a prince who supported the French Revolution was exiled by it and then eventually rose to become King of the French for 18 years both rising and falling due to separate smaller revolutions — but also Louis Philippe's sister Adélaïde a brilliant strong willed woman who devoted her life to championing her brother as his confidant and surrogate The Perilous Crown is not so much a biography as it is a history of an era told through the lens of two prominent participants though its use of this focus makes it readable than a pure history Author Munro Price is also a fine writer who sprinkles his prose with witty asides and wry observations; he is helped by the natural wit of many of the era's prominent figures not merely Louis Philippe and Adélaïde their fondness for scatological humor aside but also leading chroniclers of and participants in the era such as Victor Hugo Adolphe Thiers and François Guizot Price is sympathetic to his protagonists but also unsparing about their foibles especially Louis Philippe's tendency to vacillate under pressure and the growing political rigidity that characterized him as he grew older though casual readers might find their eyes glazing over in some of the later chapters when Price apologetically dives into the dizzying political turmoil of Louis Philippe's so called July Monarchy no background in French history is necessary to appreciate this accessible book

  6. Megan Megan says:

    This book was well researched but with a rather narrow focus I did think when I bought it that it would focus on the overall time period mentioned in the subtitle but it instead focussed on the Last King of the French Louis Philippe and his sister Adelaide I have read uite a lot about the French Revolution which usually puts the Orleans family in a bad light so it was a bit of a struggle to learn about these historical figures when my preliminary impressions have been negative However Price does a good job at making them well rounded and a little likeable Therefore I still found the book good rather than great although it was easy to read so 35 stars

  7. Nadine Nadine says:

    This was the first book I read that dealt with this time period of France so I don't have much reference point I enjoy personal biographies than government policy or economic history However Price made these aspects of the period uite readable He points out what he thinks were the causes of each of the government upheavals during the Restoration the revolution of 1830 and the revolution of 1848 Keeping track of the politicians and the different governments set up during this time is a bit difficult but I think this is due to the fact that the history is confusing and not Price's writing Unfortunately his obvious enthusiasm for the history of the July Monarchy I think takes away from his chapters on the Bourbon restoration He tends to gloss over that part of the period He definitely should have dedicated a little manuscript there or renamed his book Louis Phillipe and the July Monarchy since he discusses Louis Phillipe's background prior to 1814 a little bit than Bourbons I think he attributes government policies a bit too much to Louis Phillipe's sister Adelaide but I'd have to read other books on the July Monarchy to determine if he makes a good argument Overall A good start to the history of the July Monarchy My Rating 35 stars

  8. Mshelton50 Mshelton50 says:

    Although nominally a history of France during the Restoration 1814 1830 and the July Monarchy 1830 1848 Munro Price's excellent book is essentially a biography of Louis Philippe duc d'Orléans later King of the French I found it very informative and written in a bright and engaging style Interestingly Price is one of the first historians to make extensive use of the correspondence of Louis Philippe's sister and close confidante and adviser Madame Adélaïde This is surprising because it was largely Adélaïde who put Louis Philippe on the throne in the wake of the 1830 revolution She also wrote regularly to many influential figures including Prince de Talleyrand and General Sébastiani the French ambassadors to Britain for the first nine years of the reign Price wonders whether has she been alive Adélaïde could have saved the monarchy in February 1848 I highly recommend this book

  9. Bri Bri says:

    Rather good very much the royal Orléanist perspective of the July monwrchy and partial to Louis Phillippe and Adelaide as might be expected; but as I been reading from a revolutionary perspective lately an interesting royalist counterbalance Good at showing the role of 'Egerias' emailed advisors subtly working their influence in royal and government arenas as they couldn't in masculine centred revolutionary groups in this period Well written and readable Popular not historiographical focus

  10. Johan Johan says:

    Having read this sympathetic view of the Orléans monarch I still can't muster many positive feelings about the man

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