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Emperor Ham Nghi, Prince of Annam, Vietnam. Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty Signed Calling Card - Golf

£495.00

Rare embossed calling card signed by Emperor Ham Nghi, Prince of Annam, Vietnam (1871-1944), he was the eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty 1884-85. Signed with his initials to the lower right corner. Beneath his embossed title he has written in the third person

"[Le Prince d´Annam] thanks Doctor Monod for his kind invitation to play golf. He regrets that he will not be able to attend the meeting this morning, he is a little tired, with best regards P. d´An."

He ascended the throne when he was only thirteen. On 4th July 1885, a nationwide insurrection against the French broke out under the leadership of the two regents Nguyễn Văn Tường and Tôn Thất Thuyết. The French stormed the palace and Tôn Thất Thuyết took Emperor Hàm Nghi and three empresses into hiding. Hàm Nghi went to the hills and jungles around Laos along with Tôn Thất Thuyết's force. While they waged guerrilla warfare against the French occupation forces, the French replaced Hàm Nghi with his brother, Đồng Khánh, who was enthroned as the Son of Heaven. In October 1888, after a series of setbacks, Hàm Nghi was hiding in an isolated house near the Nai river, with only a few attendants. when he was betrayed by the head of his Muong guards, and then turned over to French officers.

Captured by French authorities, the seventeen year old was condemned to live for life in exile and sent to Algeria, receiving a pension from his country. where he married a French Algerian woman named Marcelle Laloë in 1904. They had three children, Prince Minh-Duc, Princess Nhu May and Princess Nhu Lý.

He died in 1943 and was buried in Thonac cemetery, near Sarlat, Dordogne, France. In 2002, Vietnam sent a delegation to France to seek permission from Princess Nhu Lý (Countess De La Besse, died 2005, in her 97th year), to move her father's remains to the former Imperial capital of Huế. His family refused. Most cities in Vietnam, regardless of the political orientation of the government, have named major streets after him.

Vietnam had been ruled from Purple Forbidden City in Huế, by the Nguyễn Dynasty since 1802. The French government, which took control of the region in the late 19th century, split Vietnam into three areas: the protectorates of Annam and Tonkin and the colony of Cochinchina. The Nguyễn Dynasty was given nominal rule of Annam and continued until 1945 when the 13th and final Emperor abdicated.

Size: 10 x 6 cm approx

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