The futile pursuit of a lost crown

The Red Prince. By Timothy Snyder, Bodley Head, €25.40

12th July, 2008

The Red Prince. By Timothy Snyder, Bodley Head, €25.40

‘Let others fight wars! Thou Happy Austria marry. What Mars gives to others, Venus bestows on thee.”

Such was the advice of Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus to the Habsburg dynasty, which ruled the most laidback of modern empires.

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