From Norman Davies, the acclaimed author of "Europe: A History",
comes the magical history of Europe's lost realms, selected as a
Book of the Year by the "Sunday Times", "Daily Telegraph", "New
Statesman", "Independent", "Guardian" and "Financial Times".
Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and
republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures
on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great
Mediterranean 'Empire of Aragon'? Where did the half-forgotten
kingdoms of Burgundy go? Which current nations will one day become
a distant memory too? This original and enthralling book peers
through the cracks of history to discover the stories of lost
realms across the centuries. "Dazzling, provocative and brilliant".
(Dominic Sandbrook, "Sunday Times", Books of the Year). "A luminous
account ...there are few better ways of understanding the
multilayered splendours and horrors of Europe's past than through
the pages of this wise, humane and unfailingly engaging book".
(John Adamson, "Sunday Telegraph"). "Vanished Kingdoms is great
history and also great art. It is written with verve, passion and