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Old 03-27-2006, 11:49 PM
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German & Austrian Royalty and Nobility

I'm not sure what to read first. Suggestions?
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:19 AM
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Hmm, I recommend the Elisabeth-biography by Brigitte Hamann (available in English or German). If you can read German, the books by Egon Conte Corti are also very good.
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:24 AM
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Sissi, Elisabeth, Empress of Austria by Brigitte Hamann
Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:31 AM
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I also think Brigitte Hamann's book is a classic. It makes for very enjoyable reading, too.
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:49 AM
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Thanks! What about "The Lonely Empress"?
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:26 AM
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"Elisabeth. Kaiserin wider Willen by Brigitte Hamann" if you speak German. It's about 600 pages, paperback, and covers about everything a good biography needs.

I have another beautiful book at my appartment - but don't know the title right now; also I can't find it on amazon.com. I will come back tomorrow and tell you. The book has beautiful pictures of her in full gown equippment! It's hardcover and about 12 x 9inches. Also with a quick guide through her life. Not as detailed as in Hamann's biography, but good to start with.

I'll be back.
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:14 AM
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Thank you! Unfortunately I don't read German but maybe a translation will come out eventually.
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:38 AM
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Sisi's biography by Egon Corti is excellent. Hamann's book is very good too. Nicole Avril's one is really "Schmalz"... :-D
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:34 PM
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Ritka, four posters referred to the same book, the author is Brigitte Hamann and there are - as I have pointed out in my first post - at least a German AND an English version available. The German title is "Elisabeth - Kaiserin wider Willen" and the English one is "Elisabeth - Empress of Austria". So you do not have to know German to read the book, you can simply buy the English edition.
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:51 PM
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Hello! I'm back! The title of the book I was referring to in my previous post, reads quite long: "Elisabeth, Prinzessin in Bayern Kaiserin von Österreich Königin von Ungarn".... and unfortunatelly it seems that this book is sold out.

Here comes the link to amazon:http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...029846-9509636
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:50 AM
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Another very nice picture book is the following: Stephan, Renate: Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich 1837 - 1898". Wien, 1998. It was published in the edition "Austria Imperial Edition" and can for example be bought in many museum shops in Austria and Bavaria. On 128 pages you can see many, many portraits and photos of the Empress.
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Does anyone know of any post World War II books about the Prussian Monarchy? I would love to read them.
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:48 AM
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Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria

'The Road to Mayerling: the Life and Death of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria'

Has anyone read the book before? Is it good, acurate (recount of Rudolph's life)? I'm thinking of ordering it, so would it be worth spending a heap of money on the book?
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Old 10-20-2006, 03:21 AM
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Try amazon.com and look at what other people say about the product
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Has anyone read the book before? Is it good, acurate (recount of Rudolph's life)? I'm thinking of ordering it, so would it be worth spending a heap of money on the book?
Hm, I guess a biography of Crown Prince Rudolph is a very, very difficult thing as it is still unclear whether he was mentally ill or not. From his mother's and both his grand-mother's side he had inherited Wittelsbach-blood - in the same generation two kings of Bavaria were mentally ill and both were Rudolph's direct line cousins (their father was the brother of archduchess Sophie (his paternal grandmother) and duchess Ludovika (his maternal grand-mother) while his paternal grand-father and his paternal grand-uncle from the Habsburg-side of the family were considered unfit to rule due to mental problems... So, the problem potential was there. But OTOH the Crown Prince had ideas about political reforms which led to very, very powerful enemies who could easily create a scenario of suicide due to mental problems...

Thus, I would read any book on the topic with lots of grains of salt....
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German/Austrian Royalty - books?

Are there any informative books on German and Austrian royal families after the first world war? English is best, but hopefully soon I can manage German.
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One of the best books that I have read is Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany by Jonathan Petropoulos.

The author, a professor at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, had unlimited access to private archives which included notes, diaries, letters, and other detailed informative data. Personal interviews were key to this book; once such interview Petropoulos had was with HRH Prince Philip.

The Royals and the Reich, an objective piece, is well worth adding to ones library. Overall the story of Philipp and Christoph von Hessen is a fascinating one, so check out the book if you can.
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Alles was Sie schon immer über Köninge wissen wollten - Count Alexander Schönburg

Count Alexander von Schönburg wrote a book with the title 'Everything you always wanted to know about kings'.

Here a long article in BILD about the book, they mailny focus on how commoners entered the court.

The count is married to Princess Irina of Hessen-Kassel and is the brother of Fürstin Gloria of Thurn u. Taxis.
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I'm afraid this utter rubish!
In the second articel, which is linked above, the got already the basic informations wrong. He tells that Queen Margrethe in the summer of 2004 has invited Princesses and noble women, and introduced them to Frederik..., but he was not interested and married Mary.
Later he mentions a Crownprincess which tried several times to sneak away to the airport, and to escape to her homeland. By no stretch of imagination I can image Princess Maxima or Mary doing something like that.

In the first episode, the talks about meeting Queen Elizabeth at the occasion of Princes Edwards wedding.
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Later he mentions a Crownprincess which tried several times to sneak away to the airport, and to escape to her homeland. By no stretch of imagination I can image Princess Maxima or Mary doing something like that.
Yes, this is a very strange story .
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