Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

By Stephanie Cowell

Amadeus meets Little ladies during this irresistibly pleasant old novel by way of award-winning writer Stephanie Cowell. The 12 months is 1777 and the 4 Weber sisters, daughters of a musical kin, percentage a crowded, creative existence in a ramshackle condominium. whereas their father scrapes through as a song copyist and their mom secretly attracts up an inventory of potential suitors within the kitchen, the sisters fight with their futures, either marital and musical—until twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Bringing eighteenth-century Europe to lifestyles with unforgiving winters, yawning princes, scheming mom and dad, and the long-lasting passions of younger expertise, Stephanie Cowell’s richly textured story captures a notable historic figure—and the 4 younger women who have interaction his ardour, his song, and his middle.

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But he was evidently perfectly willing to imperil Philip’s Persian campaign plans by stirring up troubles on Philip’s western and northwestern frontiers and by disrupting Philip’s 10 FATHER, SON, AND COURT efforts to ally with Pixodarus to clear the way for uncontested entry into Anatolia. There may have been more. Philip’s response to Alexander’s actions (after Alexander returned to Pella) included sending orders to Corinth to have Thessalus, Alexander’s diplomatic agent, arrested and sent to Macedonia in chains).

Alexander then fled Macedonia along with Olympias, leaving her in her native Epirus and himself continuing to Illyria (Plut. Alex. 4–5; cf. Ath. 557d–e; Just. 2–5). ” According to Plutarch, ultimately Philip was persuaded to bring Alexander back to Macedonia after Demaratus, the Corinthian xenos (guest-friend) of the Argead house (Artax. 3), admonished Philip for having filled his house with such great stasis and troubles. Demaratus himself seems to have journeyed to Illyria to accomplish Alexander’s return (Plut.

That left Pixodarus, Philip’s putative nemesis in 340. With his standing army and fleet he had ready resources. As a non-Persian he need not worry that his military strength would be seen as a political problem, so he could deploy army and fleet if he chose. He had previously shown himself a dutiful Persian official when Philip approached imperial territory in 340. What would he do in the present situation? Most likely, Philip could not be sure. Some eight or nine years earlier, 6 FATHER, SON, AND COURT at a time of apparent Persian weakness with both Phoenician and Cypriot cities (as well as Egypt) in revolt, Isocrates had predicted to Philip that Idrieus, Pixodarus’ brother and predecessor, chafing under tribute demands, would break with Artaxerxes at the first signal from Philip (Phil.

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