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Author(s): Laurentino Gomes

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1800s



How a crazy queen, a frightened prince and a corrupt court tricked Napoleon and changed the history of Portugal and Brazil. A book set in Brazil. The story of Portuguese King Dom João who fled Portugal as Napoleon was cutting a swathe through Europe. With initial support from the British, he fled to Brazil and transformed the colony, giving it its independence as he returned to Portugal. Written in Portuguese.

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Gomes has written a lively and interesting tale, which includes many first-hand descriptions of the unprecedented events of 1808, and is full of little stories and anecdotes which entertain as much as they educate....

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