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The accidental empress : a novel

Author: Allison Pataki
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Howard books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth ("Sisi"), Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Elisabeth, Empress consort of Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria; Elisabeth, Empress consort of Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria; Elisabeth, Empress consort of Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria; Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allison Pataki
ISBN: 9781476790220 1476790221
OCLC Number: 883147373
Notes: Includes reading group guide.
Sequel: Sisi (2016).
Description: xvi, 495 pages : map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Allison Pataki.

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The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth ("Sisi"), Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister's groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead. Thrust onto the throne of Europe's most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.

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"Allison Pataki so vividly depicts the world of the Habsburg court, you'll feel the silk of Sisi's gowns under your very fingers as you eagerly turn the pages of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS. As a woman Read more...

 
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