Crowned emperor of Brazil at twenty-three years old, Pedro the 1st left his imprint on the history of two continents. Women were both the salvation and perdition of the impetuous, contradictory man: whilst his wife, the virtuous Leopoldina of Austria, accompanied him to the top, his lover, the fiery Domitila de Castro presided over his descent into decadence. When the vast tracts of Brazil grew too small for him and power ceased to be of interest, he put his life on the line for what he believed was right. And he achieved glory.
With the vivacious beauty of the tropics as a backdrop, Javier Moro tells the epic story of the birth of the largest country in South America in prodigious detail.
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