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Augustus the Strong of Saxony's life was consumed by two addictions: the relentless pursuit of power and the no less relentless pursuit of pleasure. From his accession as Elector of Saxony in 1694 he pursued political power and glory by fighting the Ottoman Turks, purchasing the Polish throne and warring against Sweden. By seeking to attach parts of the Ottoman, Swedish and Habsburg domains to his Saxon realm Augustus' aim was eventually to supplant the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors. But his hedonistic lifestyle continually distracted him and when finally defeated in 1707, he found himself back in Saxony fornicating and plotting revenge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860646195
ISBN-10: 1860646190
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tony Sharp

Tony Sharp was Lecturer in History at Southampton University and has written extensively on early modern European history.

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