A CASTLE IN BAVARIA by Prince Thibaut & Princess Marion d'Orleans


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The Hartburg Palace really stood on Munich's Maximilianplatz, and co-author Prince Thibaut really is the son of the Count of Paris, Bourbon Pretender to the throne of France, but this lavishly dull itinerary--the Hartburg Princes of the Blood from 1918 to 1930--is as concrete as whipped cream, and there's enough of it to take care of both Sacher's and Rumpelmayer's on any afternoon. The Revolution in Bavaria comes first (Ludwig III says, ""It is a passing thing""), introducing us to patriarch Prince Gottfried, his sister Aurora (""she of the great nose""), sons, daughters-in-law, mistresses-in-law, and grandchildren--all of whom indulge in various nocturnal jollies. By the time Hitler comes to power and Gottfried suffers a fatal stroke, the Mercedes-Benzes have criss-crossed Europe (""I need to be driven to Budapest as soon as possible,"" ""I'll take your son to Switzerland""), party girl Toni de Beauchamp and chanteuse Lisa Schill have sleazed by, and only one of the scandals has stood out: eldest son Ruprecht's Polish-born wife Maria deserts prince and princelings for a revolutionary named Rosen. Keeping track of the relatives is an enterprise in itself--a thankless one--so Kuss die Hand and dismiss it from your mind.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1977
Publisher: Simon & Schuster