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A Conspiracy of the Carbonari   By: (1814-1873)

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A Conspiracy of the Carbonari by Luise Mühlbach is a captivating historical novel that delves into the clandestine political organization, the Carbonari, during the early 19th century in Italy. Mühlbach seamlessly weaves together a thrilling narrative, rich with historical details, that transports readers to a time of political unrest and secret societies.

The author exhibits impressive storytelling skills as she introduces us to a diverse array of characters, each with their own motivations and agendas. From the idealistic protagonist, who becomes entangled in the conspiracy, to the enigmatic leader of the Carbonari, Mühlbach crafts complex individuals whose struggles and triumphs evoke deep emotional investment from readers.

What sets this book apart is its meticulous attention to historical accuracy. Mühlbach effortlessly immerses us in the time period, depicting the cultural and political landscape with vivid authenticity. It is evident that the author has conducted extensive research, and her ability to seamlessly integrate historical events into the narrative is truly commendable.

Moreover, Mühlbach's eloquent prose beautifully illustrates the emotional and psychological facets of the characters. She captures their hopes, fears, and conflicting loyalties with great sensitivity, ensuring that their journeys resonate with readers long after the final page.

While the plot unfolds at a steady pace, there were moments when the narrative could have benefitted from tighter pacing. However, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. The twists and turns, coupled with the constant sense of danger and suspense, keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

A Conspiracy of the Carbonari is a testament to the author's skill in crafting historical fiction that is both informative and captivating. Mühlbach's ability to breathe life into the past ensures that readers are not only entertained but also enlightened about a pivotal period in Italian history. This novel is a must-read for anyone with an interest in political intrigue, secret societies, and the tumultuous era in which they thrived.

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A CONSPIRACY OF THE CARBONARI

BY

LOUISE MÜHLBACH,

Author of "Berlin and Sans Souci," "Frederick the Great and His Family," etc., etc.

TRANSLATED BY

MARY J. SAFFORD.

F. TENNYSON NEELY, 114 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK. 1896.

COPYRIGHT, 1896

BY F. TENNYSON NEELY

Transcriber's note: Minor typos in text corrected, and footnotes moved to end of text.

A CONSPIRACY OF THE CARBONARI.

CHAPTER I.

AFTER ESSLINGEN.

It was the evening of the 22d of May, 1809, the fatal day inscribed in blood stained letters upon the pages of history, the day which brought to Napoleon the first dimming of his star of good fortune, to Germany, and especially to Austria, the first ray of dawn after the long and gloomy night.

After so many victories and triumphs; after the battles of Tilsit, Austerlitz, and Jena, the humiliation of all Germany, the triumphal days of Erfurt, when the great imperial actor saw before him a whole "parterre of kings;" after a career of victory which endured ten years, Napoleon on the 22d of May, 1809, had sustained his first defeat, lost his first battle. True, he had made this victory cost dearly enough. There had been two days of blood and carnage ere the conflict was decided, but now, at the close of these two terrible days, the fact could no longer be denied: the Austrians, under the command of the Archduke Charles, had vanquished the French at Aspern, though they were led by Napoleon himself... Continue reading book >>




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