This is "the last prince":
Agustín de Iturbide y Green (1863-1925), carte-de-visite
From: Museo Nacional de Historia, Chapultepec Castle, Mexico
for this website, www.cmmayo.com. by the Instituto Nacional de
Antropología e Historia
a larger version of this photo.
The historic Washington D.C. estate
in the heights above Georgetown (on Newark Ave, very near today's
Wisconsin Ave NW) where the prince's American mother, Alice Green,
lived as a young girl, and where she and Angel de Iturbide, second
son of the Emperor Iturbide, were married in 1855. See a larger
photo and read more...
During the Second Empire, this served as Maximilian's Imperial
Residence. At that time, it was on the outskirts of Mexico City.
(Pictured right) The castle Maximilian, then an Archduke of Austria,
built in Trieste. Photos taken during my visit in January 2003.
A fort and small village in the mountains on the highway between
Mexico City and Puebla. The scene of many a crime, including
the murder of Baron Frédéric Victor d'Huart in
March 1866. From my visit circa 2004.
of Mexico by Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, circa 1853
map is from the book by General Almonte, Guia de forasteros,
which is mentioned in the novel.
photos to be posted soon...
of a crucial period in Mexican history
should satisfy history buffs and those in the mood for an engaging
brimming with majestic ambition.
"a swashbuckling, riotous good time, befitting the fairy-tale
of the opening sentence"
"Mayos cultural insights are first-rate, and the glittering,
doomed regime comes to life"
"I have read a few sweeping historical novels that have
remain inside of me forever.
Tolstoy's War and Peace is one of those, Dickens's A
Tale of Two Cities is another, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago
and now The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is another."
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for C.M. Mayo's Miraculous Air:
prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo
may just have written one of the best books ever
about Baja California. Highly recommended"
if only I had been at C.M. Mayo's side in her rendezvous through
Baja California... My recourse is her joyful, intellectually
author of The Hispanic Condition
for C.M. Mayo's Sky Over El Nido:
"some of the
most exquisitely fashioned, perfectly
measured prose alive in the world today."
haywire circuits of our whole electrically but not ethically
connected global village stand exposed in Mayo's work.
Sky Over El Nido won the 1995 Flannery O'Connor Award
Short Fiction. I am not suprised."
Toolan, S.J., Commonweal
for C.M. Mayo's
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion:
delicious volume has lovingly gathered a banquet of pieces
that reveal Mexico in all its infinite variety, its splendid
geography, its luminous peoples. What a treat!"
Sayers Peden, editor, Mexican Writers on Writing
"It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure
and render our perennial vecinos a little less distante."
Los Angeles Times Book Review