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Majesty
Louis Couperus (1863–1923)
 
Majesty, by Louis Marie Anne Couperus (1894). This is one of the great works of modern Dutch fiction, said to be based on the life of the Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. Othomar, Crown prince of Liparia, is the son of the Emperor Oscar and his wife Elizabeth. He is a delicate, nervous, morbid, overconscientious boy, who loves his people, but dreads the responsibility one day to be his. Oscar, on the contrary, is confident that majesty is infallible; while Elizabeth lives in constant terror of an anarchist’s bomb, not for herself, but for her husband and children. Othomar is led into a love affair by the Duchess of Yemena, a beautiful coquette, much older than himself. He falls ill, is sent away with his cousin Hermann, visits his grandfather (King of Denmark) Siegfried of Gothland, and is betrothed for state reasons to the Archduchess Valérie. He wishes to abdicate in favor of his younger brother, who however dies, and he is forced to take up his burden. Soon after his marriage, his father is assassinated and he is crowned. The story of his noble deeds (a romantic forecast) as Emperor is told in a second volume, called ‘The Peace of the World.’ Couperus is the leader of the Dutch “sensitivists” who within fifteen or twenty years have revolutionized Dutch taste. ‘Majesty’ may be regarded rather as a prose poem than as a novel.  1
 
 
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