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The lonely empress; a biography of Elizabeth of Austria.

Author: Joan Haslip
Publisher: Cleveland, World Pub. Co. [1965]
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"Although in public life the Emperor was the unquestioned director of affairs, in his private life his formidable mother still had a crucial influence. She wanted to strengthen the relationship between the Houses of Habsburg and Wittelsbach, and hoped to match Franz Joseph with her sister Ludovika's eldest daughter, Helene ("Nené"), four years the Emperor's junior. However, the Emperor became besotted with Nené's  Read more...
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Haslip, Joan, 1912-
Lonely empress; a biography of Elizabeth of Austria.
Cleveland, World Pub. Co. [1965]
(OCoLC)904056887
Named Person: Elisabeth, Empress consort of Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria; House of Habsburg; Elisabeth, Empress consort of Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria; House of Habsburg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Haslip
OCLC Number: 424477
Description: 462 pages illustrations, portraits 24 cm
Contents: The Wittelsbachs --
'The only man in the Hofburg' --
Supreme autocrat --
First meeting --
The last days of liberty --
'Long live our empress' --
Life in the Hofburg --
Elizabeth a mother --
State visit to Italy --
'Eljens Erzsebet' --
Birth of an Hapsburg heir --
Open flight --
Madeira and Corfu --
The return --
The Mexican adventure --
Andrassy and the Hungarian compromise --
The aftermath of defeat --
King and queen of Hungary --
State visits --
Whims and moods --
Death of Archduchess Sophia --
The great exhibition --
The ball of the 'Musikverein' --
Visit to France --
An English hunting season --
'The queen of the chase' --
The crown prince marries --
Growing discontent --
The cousins --
At odds with the world --
The isles of Greece --
Mary Vetsera --
'Where did we fail?' --
Never at rest --
'Let death take me unawares'.

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"Although in public life the Emperor was the unquestioned director of affairs, in his private life his formidable mother still had a crucial influence. She wanted to strengthen the relationship between the Houses of Habsburg and Wittelsbach, and hoped to match Franz Joseph with her sister Ludovika's eldest daughter, Helene ("Nené"), four years the Emperor's junior. However, the Emperor became besotted with Nené's younger sister, Elisabeth ("Sisi"), a girl of sixteen, and insisted on marrying her instead. Sophie acquiesced, despite some misgivings about Sisi's appropriateness as an imperial consort, and the young couple were married on 24 April 1854 in St. Augustine's Church, Vienna. Their married life was not happy. Sisi never really adapted herself to the court and always had disagreements with the Imperial Family; their first daughter Sophie died as an infant; and their only son, Crown Prince Rudolf, died by suicide in 1889, in the infamous Mayerling Incident. In 1885 Franz Joseph met Katharina Schratt, a leading actress of the Vienna stage, and she became his mistress. This relationship lasted the rest of his life, and was, to a certain degree, tolerated by Sisi. Franz Joseph built Villa Schratt in Bad Ischl for her, and also provided her with a small palace in Vienna. The Empress was an inveterate traveller, horsewoman, and fashion maven who was rarely seen in Vienna. She was stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist in 1898; Franz Joseph never fully recovered from the loss."--Wikipedia.

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