The Cactus and the Crown 1962 Catherine Gavin Historical Novel Mexico
Title: The Cactus and the Crown
Edition: Book Club
Cover type: Hardcover, tan with aqua spine, gold lettering, with dust jacket.
Author: Catherine Gavin
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York
Number of pages: 472
Size: about 5.5 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall, 1.25 inch thick.
Condition: Good. Binding good. Cover shows signs of age and wear. No writing inside.
Name sticker on blank page in front. Dust jacket is tattered, but complete.
Exceptionally well-researched historical novel.
Endpaper map of Mexico by Palacios.
This novel takes place during the beginnings of the Mexican nation.
Begins in 1864 when Maximilian von Hapsburg, Archduke of Austria, becomes
Emporer of Mexico and his ambitious wife Charlotte becomes Empress.
The main fictional characters are Sally Lorimor and her brother Dr. Andrew Lorimor,
Americans who had lived through the Civil War in the South, and had inherited a chance
for a new life in Mexico. Sergeant Pierre Franchet of the French Foreign Legion, serves
in Mexico with the French Expeditionary Force.
Very interesting story with a background of the guerilla forces of Benito Juarez, the
Juaristas' struggle to regain rule of Mexico from the French and Maximilian's
Dr. Catherine Gavin (1913-1999) was a Scottish writer and History Lecturor
at University of Aberdeen, with a speciality in French History. She served as a war
correspondent in World War II. She lived in San Francisco, California in her later years.
The Cactus and the Crown (1962) was Catherine Gavin's tenth published work.
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