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A Romanian Romance – the story of Paddy Leigh Fermor and Princess Balasa Cantacuzzino

A presentation of Alan Ogden’s new book, The Vagabond and The Princes.  After his ‘great trudge’ on foot through Romania in 1934, Paddy returned there the following year but this time not alone. Alan Ogden tells the touching story of the love affair between the youthful writer and Balaşa Cantacuzino, a beautiful Romanian Princess. Inseparable for the next four years, they parted on the eve of the Second World War when Paddy determined to join up. Some twenty-five years later they were reunited in very different circumstances and remained in close touch until her death in 1976.