By Michael O'Brien
Early in 1815, Louisa Catherine Adams and her younger son left St. Petersburg in a heavy Russian carriage and set out on a tricky trip to fulfill her husband, John Quincy Adams, in Paris. She traveled in the course of the snows of jap Europe, down the Baltic coast to Prussia, around the battlefields of Germany, and right into a France then experiencing the tumultuous occasions of Napoleon's go back from Elba. alongside the way in which, she realized what the lengthy years of Napoleon's wars had performed to Europe, what her previous buddies within the royal court docket in Berlin had skilled throughout the French career, the way it felt to have her lifestyles threatened by means of reckless squaddies, and the way to control fear.
The trip was once a metaphor for a existence spent crossing borders: born in London in 1775, she had grown up partially in France, and in 1797 had married into the main recognized of yankee political dynasties and develop into the daughter-in-law of John and Abigail Adams.
The prizewinning historian Michael O'Brien reconstructs for the 1st time Louisa Adams's awesome passage. An evocative heritage of the event of trip within the days of carriages and kings, Mrs. Adams in wintry weather offers a relocating portrait of a girl, her tricky marriage, and her conflicted feel of what it intended to be a lady stuck among worlds.
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Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien