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A Revolutionary Princess; Christina Belgiojoso-Trivulzio, Her Life and Times, 1808-1871 - 9780217156271

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV The salon of the Princess Belgiojoso--" Political depravity" of Prince and Princess--Their participation in Mazzini's expedition of 1833--Judicial proceedings against them-- Restoration of their revenues--The Princess's house in Paris--Its eccentric decoration--Her personal peculiarities--The Abbe Cceur--Theological work--Her philosophical writings -- Criticisms by Lerminier and SainteBeuve--The Women's Academy--Balbo's Speranzed"Italia -- Birth of Princess's daughter -- Musical associates -- Rossini at Villa Pliniana--Friendship with Heine--Balzac --Letter of Heine--Salon compared to that of Madame Recamier--Literary celebrities--Hanotaux's estimate-- Houssaye's Memoirs--Friendship with Thierry--Note of Princess to Letronne -- The Princess and Madame Recamier--The latter's salon and friends--Intimacy with George Sand--Alfred de Musset--His passion for the Princess -- Paul de Musset's account of his brother's infatuation--" Sur une Morte "--Prince Belgiojoso and De Musset--Cavour--Princess Metternich and the Prince --Domestic estrangement--Gossip--Dr. Meniere's testimony--The Prince elopes with Duchesse de Plaisance. ALTHOUGH originally founded for the propaganda of the political ideals to the furtherance of which she so generously subscribed, the salon of the Princess Belgiojoso speedily attracted the intellectual dlite of the Parisian fashionable world. To the more refined of Italian refugees the promiscuousness of the clubs was distasteful; and these found the drawing-rooms of their noble countrywoman, in which scholarly attainments and social qualifications were accorded due recognition, an inestimable boon. Meanwhile the accusations of conspiracy to undermine and destroy Austrian rule in the provinces of Lombardy-Venetia brought against the Princ...

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