There were many times where I felt she made assumptions about her readers' familiarity with Austrian history that went way beyond general knowledge. Sissi was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I Aug Nov Austria. She was by no means a very symphatetic woman, but she clearly had her reasons for her attitude towards the Viennese high societies and the court ceremonies. It portrayed Elisabeth bringing a physical manifestation of death with her to the imperial court, thus destroying the Habsburg dynasty. She took up in her 50s with equal discipline.
Immortalisée sur pellicule par , Sissi reste à jamais dans notre esprit une ravissante jeune femme à la longue chevelure parsemée de fleurs en diamants. I'd been interested in the life of Sisi for a while, and picked up this book on a visit to Vienna. Archived from on 14 November 2013. Elisabeth henceforth devoted her life to following the example of her convent's holy patron in the exercise of piety, relief of the poor, and health care. This version was released in North America in 1962.
On the surface, it was a fairytale marriage, all the more poignant, with hindsight, because her death signalled the twilight years of the Habsburg Empire. The child was named after her grandmother, , and , who were her godmothers. Ich werde mir mit Sicherheit dieses Buch aneignen. Who are these counselors who gave him such advice? The biography is meticulously researched and well foot-noted, so the reader can see what Hamann is basing her information and opinions on. Her children: She paid much more attention to her sisters than to her children Gisela and Rudolf. Newspapers published articles on her passion for , diet and exercise regimens, and fashion sense.
She also took an unbiased view of Sisi's life and choices, showing that while the Viennese court was a highly structured and unforgiving place, Sisi didn't make things any easier for herself with her frequent withdrawals from court and her refusal to participate in many fundamental traditions. And her peculiarity, her singularity may not always be easy for him to bear. Elisabeth was a personal advocate for Hungarian , who also was rumored to be her lover. Without a doubt, to the end of his life, he held a special place in Elizabeth's affections. But overall, very much enjoyed.
She was seen to have searched for happiness, but died a broken woman who never found it. And exactly what she wanted, t An excellent academic biography of an unusual person who through fate and privilege found herself in an extraordinary situation, as the Empress of the Austrian Empire during its long decline. Although Lucheni boasted that he acted alone, because many political refugees found a haven in Switzerland, the possibility that he was part of a plot and that the life of the emperor was also in danger, was considered. For example, there was a chapter on Sisi's involvement with Hungarian politics, a chapter on her horse and hunting obsession, and a chapter on of course her strange beauty rituals. Excerpts: Her marriage to Franz Joseph: Of Sisi's feelings we know very little, except Having read Allison Pataki's Accidental Empress, I wanted to know more about Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary and found this book which is, as far as I can tell, the standard against which other biographies are compared.
During this time the court was rife with malicious rumors that Franz Joseph was having a with an actress named Frau Roll, leading to speculation today that Elisabeth's symptoms could have been anything from psychosomatic to a result of venereal disease. Various residences that Elisabeth frequented are preserved and open to the public, including her Imperial Hofburg apartment and the in Vienna, the in , the on the , and her , Hungary. Your misfortunes are not on my conscience. See more ideas about Austria, Hungary and Empress sissi. She withdrew from court duties and travelled widely, unaccompanied by her family.
A fine horsewoman of her time, she is as rebellious as an Empress could be. I must apologize, if I sound biased and even condescending, but unfortunately most of the books and research one can find about Elisabeth is only through one author, Brigitte Hamann. Overall, I felt that the author used her fascination of this beautiful historical figure to allow herself to judge her more than study her. The novel concerns a circus traveling through Europe at the close of the 19th century, and portrays Elisabeth's interest in circuses and horseback riding. Sophie's influence over Elisabeth's children and the court faded, and she died in 1872.
Although she viewed herself as imprisoned in a gilded cage, her position allowed her to indulge her whims and live in a way she chose. Hamann drew on an extensive array of primary historical sources to show all sides of this remarkable woman--the good, the bad and the ugly. She came to develop a deep kinship with Hungary, and helped to bring about the of in 1867. I really, really loved this book. » Elle se relève néanmoins et, très pâle, monte à bord du bateau.
I found this book very interesting but it wasn't my favorite royal biography. This being said, I would like to state that I am not an expert on the empress, I am not a historian, I am merely a fan. She happily left her lonely husband in the care of a mistress. This unique format wouldn't necessarily work with every biography, but I feel like it was the right choice in this case because Sisi has become such a mytholog This was a fantastic biography of Empress Elisabeth 'Sisi'. I am afraid that my mind escapes through the hair and onto the fingers of my hairdresser. I would highly recommend Hamann's book to anyone interested in the real Sisi.