When Generalissimo Francisco Franco lay dying, don Juan Carlos was waiting in the wings to accede to the Spanish Throne after a forty-three-year interregnum. The author expertly tells the story of the ancestors of Juan Carlos. Not known for greatness, the Bourbons the dynasty was started by Philip V, a Frenchman who left the Court of his grandfather, Louis XIV, to take over Spain. Nonetheless, the Bourbons surrounded themselves with notable courtiers that made them one of the most intriguing of royal families. New York, N.Y. 1974 G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 1st Ed., 6 x 9, 442 Pgs., HB.