After graduating from the University of Oxford, Edward Shawcross lived and worked in France, then South Korea and finally Colombia before returning to London where he completed a PhD at UCL. His research specialised in French Imperialism in Latin America and the Mexican intellectual thought that underpinned the Second Mexican Empire.
This will be a a tale of operatic proportions, sweeping across continents from the 1848 European revolutions to the civil wars in Mexico and the USA, pitting Old World against New, conservatives against radicals, monarchies against republics. Edward Shawcross will reveal the bizarre and little-known story of how a hubristic Archduke became a puppet Emperor, with tragic results and pivotal historical consequences for Europe and America. The execution of Ferdinand Maximilian is the climax of one of the most extraordinary stories in history. Born into Europe's most illustrious royal family, second in line to the Habsburg throne, why did he die as the Emperor of Mexico?