The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
A novel based on the true story

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This is "the last prince":

Agustín de Iturbide y Green (1863-1925), carte-de-visite circa 1865.

From: Museo Nacional de Historia, Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City.

Reproduction authorized for this website, www.cmmayo.com. by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

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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...

Chapultepec Castle
During the Second Empire, this served as Maximilian's Imperial Residence. At that time, it was on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Miramar Castle

(Pictured right) The castle Maximilian, then an Archduke of Austria, built in Trieste. Photos taken during my visit in January 2003.

Río Frío
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.

Map of Mexico by Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, circa 1853
This map is from the book by General Almonte, Guia de forasteros, which is mentioned in the novel.

More photos to be posted soon...

"Mayo's reanimation of a crucial period in Mexican history
should satisfy history buffs and those in the mood for an engaging story
brimming with majestic ambition.
Publisher's Weekly

"a swashbuckling, riotous good time, befitting the fairy-tale promise
of the opening sentence"
Austin American-Statesman

"Mayo’s cultural insights are first-rate, and the glittering,
doomed regime comes to life"
Library Journal

"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 is another,
and now The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is another."
Mexico Connect

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"With elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo
may just have written one of the best books ever
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Library Journal

"Ay, if only I had been at C.M. Mayo's side in her rendezvous through
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Ilan Stavans,
author of The Hispanic Condition

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Praise for C.M. Mayo's Sky Over El Nido:
"some of the most exquisitely fashioned, perfectly
measured prose alive in the world today."
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"The haywire circuits of our whole electrically but not ethically
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Sky Over El Nido won the 1995 Flannery O'Connor Award for
Short Fiction. I am not suprised."
David Toolan, S.J., Commonweal

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Praise for C.M. Mayo's
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion:
"This 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!"
Margaret 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