Books: The Real & Unknown Emperor

PRINCE EUGEN OF SAVOY by Nicholas Henderson. 324 pages. Praeger. $6.95.

The boy was frail and his manners effeminate. France's Louis XIV concluded that he would never make a soldier, forthwith ordered him to study for the priesthood. It was perhaps the most damaging decision the Sun King ever made. For young Eugen, a minor prince of the Alpine duchy of Savoy, was defiant and outraged. He disguised himself as a woman and fled to Vienna and the court of Leopold I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, who happened to be a distant cousin....

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