di Laurentino The Flight of the Emperor, subtitled How a Weak Prince, a Mad Queen, and the British Navy Tricked Napoleon and. Laurentino Gomes (born in Maringá, Paraná) is a Brazilian journalist and writer. He is best known as the author of the trilogy of books that cover the history of Brazil and Portugal during the 19th century. He has already released two of the three books: , about the transfer of. Nonfiction by Laurentino Gomes At the end of the summer of , exactly years ago, an unusual event took place as the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro.

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The Flight of the Emperor: Description In a time of terror for Europe’s monarchs-imprisoned, exiled, executed-Napoleon’s army marched toward Lisbon. Cornered, Prince Regent Joao had to make the most fraught decision of his life. Protected by the British Navy, he fled to Brazil with his entire family, including his deranged mother, most of the nobility, and the entire state apparatus.

Until then, no European monarch had ever set foot in the Americas. Thousands made the voyage, but it was no luxury cruise. It took two months in cramped, decrepit ships.

Lice infested gpmes of the vessels, and noble women had to shave their hair and grease their bald heads with antiseptic sulfur. Vermin infested the food, and bacteria contaminated the drinking water. After landing in Brazil, Prince Joao liberated the colony from a trade monopoly with Portugal.


As explorers mapped the burgeoning nation’s distant regions, the prince authorized the construction of roads, the founding of schools, and the creation of factories, raising Brazil to kingdom status in Meanwhile, Portugal was suffering the effects of abandonment, war, and famine.

Never had the country lost so many people in so little time. Finally, after Napoleon’s fall and over a decade of misery, the Portuguese demanded the return of their king.

Joao sailed back in tears inand the last chapter of colonial Brazil drew to a close, setting the stage for the strong, independent nation that we know today, changing the New World forever. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions Looking for beautiful books?

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Review quote The author of this study has produced a book that is enjoyable to read. The book is a bestseller and has drawn a lot of popular attention to an important period of Atlantic World colonial history, which is of course desirable and impressive.

If one were asked to recommend the book as light reading for a popular audience, one would do so enthusiastically. The Flight of the Emperor”This vivid 11808 of an unkempt, self-preserving king provides insight into the obscure history of Brazil. A meticulous and encyclopedic account of life in the colony of Brazil, luarentino well as the doings of the Portuguese royalty in their new home The Flight of the Emperor offers important knowledge for understanding how modern-day Brazil, a diverse mix of the ancestors of Europeans, slaves, and natives, was created.

Gomes tells that story completely, with vivid accounts from historians as well as original sources. Gomes offers a broad perspective on the period, portrayed in bright colors.


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Ogmes result of ten years of research, is a veritable guidebook through all the events that formed part of this little-known episode of history.

It conjures up a delicious blend of good humor and erudition to create a broad portrait of events and people that crossed paths during the thirteen-year adventure in the tropics.

Ggomes short, cinematic chapters, Gomes successfully sets up a jigsaw puzzle in which each piece fits right into the preceding one. In addition to supporting the historical record with primary source documents and with more recent studies, he makes the people of the era jump off the page.

It’s a historical synthesis that shines for the clarity of its explanations and for the interest of the past it projects onto the present.


It’s a well conceived idea sustained by a flawless methodology. About Laurentino Gomes Laurentino Gomes is a journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling books: The Flight of the Emperor and The Prince Left Behind, lauremtino first two volumes in a trilogy on the history of Brazil.

With more than 1. Gomes has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize, Brazil’s highest literary honor, four times, and the Brazilian Academy of Letters selected as the nation’s best work of nonfiction the year it was published. He lives in Sao Paulo. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our gomds pages to help you find your new favourite book.