MADRID: A Traveller's Reader

MADRID: A Traveller's Reader

EDITED BY HUGH THOMAS    Book Number: 85626    Product format: Paperback

First published in 1988, this revised edition (2005) is here in 2018 new paperback reprint. Acclaimed historian Hugh Thomas wrote a book ideal for the cultured tourist. He has chosen the Earl of Clarendon to describe a 17th century bullfight, Salvador Dalí plays a surrealist joke on a snooty barman at the Ritz, Rubens visits the Alcázar, Manet is at the Prado Art Gallery, and generals and anarchists meet in the Puerta del Sol. The charm of Madrid is elusive, but those in the know find the magical city, found in the shadow cast over the present by the past. Madrid was once the seat of power for perhaps the most ambitious political enterprise the Western world had seen since the fall of Rome, the Spanish Empire. It is brought to life with the help of revealing eyewitness accounts from 500 years of Spanish history, in letters, diaries, memoirs and novels from Saint-Simon 1721 and Casanova 1767, Alexander Stanhope 1679, the entry of Charles of Habsburg 1710, Napoleon I to his brother King Joseph Bonaparte 1809. Here are childhood games, murders, armies and kings, Wellington in the Prado 1812, songs and royal decrees, houses, hotels, cafés and a bottle shop in the 18th century, palaces, dress including the ban on the large cape in 1767, dances and gambling, tobacco and chocolate, the church, fiestas, theatres and more. Four woodcut illus, 422pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781408710326
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