Monday, December 27, 2010

A New Book on Emperor Pedro II by his Great-Great-Grandson

Don Carlos de Tasso y Saxe-Coburg-Bragança, a great-great-grandson of Emperor Pedro II, recently presented his latest book, which focuses on the Emperor's two visits to the capital of Austria in 1871 and 1877.

The author is the son of Princess Theresia of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1902-1990), one of the many children of Prince August Leopold (Kohary Branch) and his wife, the former Archduchess Karoline of Austria-Tuscany. August Leopold was the second son of Princess Leopoldine of Brazil (1847-1871) and her husband Prince Ludwig August (1845-1907. Leopoldine was the youngest child of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil, while Ludwig August was the second son of Prince August and his Orléans wife, Princess Clementine. King Ferdinand of Bulgaria was Ludwig August's youngest sibling.

In 1930 Princess Theresia married Baron Lamoral Taxis di Bordogna e Valnigra (1900-1966), one year later her son Carlos was born. From an early age Carlos developed a deep interest in history, his success in various business ventures, which included the administration of inherited farmlands, allowing him the time necessary for such endeavors.

Carlos, who officially changed his last name to "Tasso de Saxe-Coburgo e Bragança", worked in Brazil for several decades, mainly involved in coffee production. In 1969 don Carlos married his distant cousin Archduchess Walburga of Austria-Tuscany, by whom he has eight children.

He now lives retired in Portugal's beautiful Algarve region.

In the image above we see don Carlos Tasso presenting his book at the Institute of History and Geography of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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