Originally Posted by Kronprinz
I think Sissi was simply a very melancholic person. That was usual for upper-class ladies of the 19th century.
Too much privilege and too much time on their hands.
To much privilege, to much time on their hands, no real sense of purpose besides having sons and being totally subservient to a patriarchal society...
I've read theories about the constant fainting being a product of, in addition to the corset, the fact that it was the only time a woman was at the centre of attention, the only time she wasn't seen as a womb or a dowry. Queen Lovisa of Sweden-Norway quite famously had breakdowns quite often because that was the only time her philandering husband King Carl XV ever noticed or cared about her.