Prince Eugene of Savoy

Prince Eugene of Savoy The military genius of Prince Eugene of Savoy has long been recognized Napoleon counted him among the seven great generals of history His subsequent political career however is less well k

  • Title: Prince Eugene of Savoy
  • Author: Derek McKay
  • ISBN: 9780500870075
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The military genius of Prince Eugene of Savoy 1663 1736 has long been recognized Napoleon counted him among the seven great generals of history His subsequent political career, however, is less well known, even though he was chief minister of the Austrian ruler and German emperor, Charles VI This work is the first scholarly study of Eugene to appear in English it isThe military genius of Prince Eugene of Savoy 1663 1736 has long been recognized Napoleon counted him among the seven great generals of history His subsequent political career, however, is less well known, even though he was chief minister of the Austrian ruler and German emperor, Charles VI This work is the first scholarly study of Eugene to appear in English it is based on a re examination of Austrian primary sources and research into the English diplomatic records, and it takes full account of modern German scholarship.An ambitious but penniless refugee from Louis XIV s court, Eugene joined the Imperial army at a crucial moment when the Turks were besieging Vienna He stayed on to serve three Habsburgs Leopold I, Joseph I, and Charles VI becoming their most successful general His victories against the Turks, culminating in the capture of Belgrade 1688 , made him a European hero In the west he played a leading part, as soldier and diplomat, in resisting Louis XIV s France Although his greatest triumphs were in Italy, particularly the relief of Turin 1706 , to English readers he is better known as the partner of Marlborough at Blenheim 1704 and in the struggle in Flanders from 1708 His appointment during the War of Spanish Succession as head of the war council and then of the Imperial conference led to his pre eminence under Charles VI.Eugene s career is of great political significance He helped create the multi national Austrian state, one built on the reconquest of Turkish Hungary and the acquisition of the Southern Netherlands and parts of Italy despite French competition The expulsion of the Turks from Central Europe and the taming of France owed much to the man rejected by Louis XIV as unfit to serve in his own army.The book also discusses the personal life and interests of this lifelong bachelor prince, his building of palaces, his book and art collections, and his role as one of the most influential patrons of his age.

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    1. Despite his standing as one of the great generals in Western history, Prince Eugene of Savoy has long been overshadowed in English-language historiography by his contemporary and ally, John Churchill, duke of Marlborough. While German-language readers can turn to a number of works that detail his long and varied career, the number of studies of Eugene available in English are thin on the ground. In this respect Eugene is fortunate to have a biographer such as Derek McKay, who in this book provid [...]

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