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The Grimaldis of Monaco Hardcover – Sep 1 1992


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688088376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688088378
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #958,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Living History June 14 2009
By Jonathan Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A great read, and an informative primer to the history of this 700+ years old dynasty. Having been to Monaco many times, I would strongly recommend this text before traveling there. Those who merely see the sites without knowing the story will only have half the experience.

The unlikely history of the per-capita wealthiest nation in the world, the oldest surviving European monarchy and one of oldest family dynasties on the planet, is sure to intrigue. The ongoing story unfolding before us today is certainly enlighted by this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Monte Carlo is more than a casino Aug. 1 2001
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author has previously published works on Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Countess Tolstoy -- but also on Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, Ronald Reagan, and P.T. Barnum, so the reader may be forgiven for unfounded suspicions of tabloidism. The second half of this workmanlike narrative does, in fact, concern itself mostly with the lively affairs of the current younger generation but the reader may ignore all that (or the reader may try).

For the first half details in sweeping prose the adventurous history of the Grimaldis, "an ambitious, hot-blooded, unscrupulous race, keen to plunder, swift to revenge, and furious in battle." The harbor at Monte Carlo has been strategically important since the Carthaginian fleet anchored there. The Lombards, Arabs, Guelfs, and Genoese all had their strongholds and the Grimaldi family arrived in 1162 as Genoese consuls. One night in 1297, Francesco Grimaldi (known as "the Spiteful") climbed the cliffs with his followers, disguised as monks, and overpowered the small garrison, and the family has ruled the Rock ever since. Edwards makes clear the necessary nerve and tenacity and the willingness to fight, as well as the diplomatic balancing act the princes of Monaco have had to perform in order to survive as a more or less independent state.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Book Nov. 16 2012
By Craig A Madurski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Enjoyed this book very much. Love the 'historical' value and it is just very interesting. Good read for biographical fans too!


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