Perhaps one of the oddest chapters in Mexican history was the short time that a Habsburg prince, Maximilian von Habsburg, was given the throne of Mexico. In these notes, C.M. Mayo gives us the background to her extensively-researched historical novel about this period.
In this excerpt from the novel, C.M. Mayo takes us into Emperor Maximilian’s mind, as he ponders his “adopted” heir presumptive, the freedom and innocence of childhood lost, and the uncertainty of his reign in Mexico.
Jan Harvey’s short story takes place in a village in the far North, where a woman is unable to forget the consequences of a moment of childhood cruelty.