previous next

The New Emperor of the New empire.

--Who is Maximilian? is a question frequently asked. We suppose him to be a scion of the Bonaparte family, in which there are two persons of that name, grandchildren of Eugene Beauharnais and his wife, the Princess of Bavaria. Eugene was a child of Josephine by her first marriage, and a great favorite of the Emperor Napoleon, who, in 1806, adopted him as his son. He was subsequently appointed Viceroy of Italy, and married the Princess of Bavaria. In 1817 he had a son called Maximilian, who entered the service of Russia, and in 1839 married the Grand Duchess Marie Nicolaiwena, daughter of the Emperor Nicholas. By this lady he has had several children, two of whom are sons--one, Prince Nicholas Maximilian, born in 1841, and Eugene Maximilian, born in 1847. Is the Emperor of Mexico the elder of the two? There is none of the Bonaparte blood in their veins; but they are so aided to that family as to be considered a part of it. The choice of such a person would be evidently a stroke of policy. It associates with the French dynasty the grandson of one of the most distinguished monarchs that have occupied the Russian throne; and it would serve to add distinction and power to it. The present French Emperor has adopted the wisdom of his uncle for his own guidance, and one part of that we know was to strengthen his position through every ramification of family ties.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Bavaria (Bavaria, Germany) (2)
Russia (Russia) (1)
Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Nicholas Maximilian (3)
Marie Nicolaiwena (1)
Eugene Maximilian (1)
Eugene Beauharnais (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1847 AD (1)
1841 AD (1)
1839 AD (1)
1817 AD (1)
1806 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: