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Title: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on December 24, 2004, 07:43:33 AM
This is an interesting little tome in several respects.
The author is a Miss Nellie Ryan, an Englishwoman attatched to the household of Archduke Karl Stefan a senior relative of the Emperor Franz Josef. Although she never tells us in what capacity she was so attatched, she did quite a bit of traveling with him & his family,including sojourns on the Imperial [Habsburg] yacht "Waturus".
A Royalty Digest reprint, it was published originally in 1915, by The Bodley Head. Keeping that in mind,Britain was at war with Austria,yet she has nothing but praise for the Habsburgs [for the most part]. A sort of gossip & travel book, her views seem a bit odd in retrosppect.
She is an ardent supporter of the claims of Caroline,Countess Landi being the youngest daughter of the Empress Elizabeth. She goes along with the story of Archduke Rudolf being murdered as opposed to suicide and practically worships the soon-to-be emperor Karl.
On the other hand, she has nothing but contempt for the Kaiser. Indeed, it would have taken a brave Englishman of any ilk to have anything but that at the time.
Her account of the Habsburg family visit to St. Petersburg is even more curious: Alexei's fragile state is due to an attack by "Nihilists" while aboard the yacht [Standardt,presumably], a suicide attempt by Alexandra and Nicholas'  'painfully nervous, and ill at ease, and his countenance of an ashen hue".
She tells of "6 men dressed exactly like the Czar" at all times and then goes on to say  "now Nicholas takes a train journey like an ordinary man" [!!!] and "the Empress and her daughters wander freely forth" and "there is no danger for them in Russia today"  [???].
Nellie Ryan seemed to have the vast and complicated Habsburg genealogy mastered and without my own charts at home in SF I did tend to get a bit confused trying to follow just who was related to whom and how. But,still entertaining for the time and most of the family is accounted for.
Unless I missed some brief mention however,there is nothing at all about any of the British royals.
A lovely way to pass the time by the fire in this lovely [yet uneventful] little village of Caddington where I am spending the .
holidays
Cheers and Happy Holidays, everyone,
Robert

Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Martyn on December 27, 2004, 06:15:13 AM
Hi Robert.  Since we spoke on the phone the other day I have been thinking about this book.  Sounds like a good read, but how much fantasy do you think is interjected therein?
Is there any way of finding out more about this woman?  Do you think that Nellie Ryan (sounds more like an actress than an attendant) was a pseudonym?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on December 27, 2004, 06:29:53 AM
I know nothing other than what I mentioned and there is really no detail about her or her position in the book.  I would have to go through back issues of RD to see what they might have said. You are right,she does sound a bit of a "syage personna"  if even a backstage backdoor one.
Her comments arevery gossipy,but not as nasty as Radziwell.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Martyn on December 27, 2004, 07:53:34 AM
Sounds like my kind of book!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Teddy on August 27, 2006, 03:13:09 PM
Are there coffee table books, about the Habsburges?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on August 27, 2006, 03:30:34 PM
YES ! But the ones I have are in German;
OTTO VON HABSBURG  by Erich Feige
ELISABETH by Brigitte Hamann
RUDOLF by same author. This in German & English
 and in French-
SUR LES PAYS DE SISI by Jean des Cars
 There are also large coffee table books on the Hofburg and Schoenbrunn, but they are not handy to me at the moment. I also have a massive genealogical book on the Hbasburgs, but there are no illustrations, so I guess it really does not qualify.
 Cheers !
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on August 28, 2006, 03:14:03 AM
Are there coffee table books, about the Habsburges?

Brigitte Hamann, Elisabeth. [i]Portraits of an Empress [/i] (the one Robert Hall mentioned I assume)
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz-Joseph und  Elisabeth (out of print)
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Karl und Kaiserin Zita
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Historische Photographien aus den Alben des Kaiserbruders Erzherzog Ludwig Viktor
Johannes Thiele, Elisabeth - Bilder ihres Lebens
Hellmut Andics, Die Frauen der Habsburger
Helfried Seemann, Christian Lunzer, Das österreichisch-ungarische Kaiserhaus 1860-1918
Gerda Mraz, Ulla Fischer-Westhauser, Elisabeth-Wumschbilder oder die Kunst der Retouche
Brigitte Vachta, Die Habsburger. Eine europäische Familiengeschichte.
Karl Vocelka, Lynn Heller, Die private Welt der Habsburger. Leben und Alltag einer Familie
Karl Vocelka, Lynn Heller, Die Lebenswelt der Habsburger. Kultur-und Mentalitätsgeschichte einer Familie
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: britt.25 on August 28, 2006, 06:20:26 AM
Thanks for this interesting info. A pity that some are already out of print, but many :D of them I did not know! ;)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on August 28, 2006, 10:31:27 AM
Helfried Seemann, Christian Lunzer, Das österreichisch-ungarische Kaiserhaus 1860-1918

I own Elisabeth, Kaiserin von Österreich, Königin von Ungarn by the same authors - a very beautiful book! They recently published a coffee table book about Crown Prince Rudolf too, although it´s rather thin.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on August 28, 2006, 10:35:01 AM
You might try Ebay.de.  I imagine they would show up on the German  site.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marie Valerie on August 29, 2006, 11:23:10 AM
Don't forget:

"Ein Photoalbum aus dem Hause Habsburg" by Vilmos Heiszler 

"Der Kaiser Franz Joseph I. Bilder und Dokumente" by Georg Markus
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Svetabel on August 29, 2006, 01:33:21 PM
I have Franz Joseph and Elisabeth by Georg Kugler. Nice book.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on August 29, 2006, 02:22:00 PM
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz-Joseph und  Elisabeth (out of print)

It´s such a pity that this book is out of print as I have heared that it´s the best of it´s kind. One can not even find one single second hand copy on sites like bookfinder, abebooks, etc. Does anybody know some secret source? ;)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on August 29, 2006, 02:50:01 PM
It´s such a pity that this book is out of print as I have heared that it´s the best of it´s kind. One can not even find one single second hand copy on sites like bookfinder, abebooks, etc. Does anybody know some secret source? ;)

At the moment, the book is for sell in the so-called "Halbpreis-Buchhandlung" near the Westbahnhof in Vienna for only 10 Euros. So ... let's go to Ösi-Land, my dear Linnea.  :D
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on August 29, 2006, 02:53:42 PM
It´s such a pity that this book is out of print as I have heared that it´s the best of it´s kind. One can not even find one single second hand copy on sites like bookfinder, abebooks, etc. Does anybody know some secret source? ;)

At the moment, the book is for sell in the so-called "Halbpreis-Buchhandlung" near the Westbahnhof in Vienna for only 10 Euros. So ... let's go to Ösi-Land, my dear Linnea.  :D

Oh, that´s soo unfair! Vienna is too far away for a short shopping-trip... :'( But maybe they do have a homepage, Marie? ???
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on August 30, 2006, 06:03:55 AM
Yes, this book is excellent. I haven't got it either unfortunately, and have been searching for it ever since. I had a look at it at the local library though.

In another forum they also said this book was available at the above-mentioned bookshop. But someone who went there to have a look could not find it there.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on August 30, 2006, 08:23:29 AM
So I am at least not the only one who hasn´t got that book. Here is an interesting link about a possible reprinting of the book, where one can premark a copy. As soon as there are 30 potential buyers who have premarked a copy, there will be a reprinting. :) The link: http://booksagain.selfip.biz/FMPro?-db=atitle.fp5&-format=battleeu.htm&-lay=cgi&-op=eq&banr=11410310&-find= (http://booksagain.selfip.biz/FMPro?-db=atitle.fp5&-format=battleeu.htm&-lay=cgi&-op=eq&banr=11410310&-find=)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on August 30, 2006, 08:55:27 AM
Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on August 30, 2006, 11:33:52 AM
Thanks for the link.

You are welcome. I hope the news about this possibility will spread, so that there may be a reprinting... :)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Agneschen on September 06, 2006, 07:59:49 AM
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz-Joseph und  Elisabeth (out of print)

I have been desperate to get this book for the past 2 years now but it seems impossible to find even a used copy ! There was one available a few months ago on amazon but the seller only shipped to Germany and so I had to let it go - drove me mad ! I wish the book would be reprinted with so many of us obviously dying to find it.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 06, 2006, 10:33:26 AM
There are 16 copies of this book available on Bookfinders.com. Surely some of them ship outside of Germany. [various prices]
 
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Agneschen on September 06, 2006, 01:09:32 PM
I have just checked bookfinder and could not find any copies of Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz Josef u. Kaiserin Elisabeth or I must be turning blind. Maybe you meant Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Karl u. Kaiserin Zita by the same author ? a gorgeous photobook that I do recommend, easy to find and usually at reasonable prices. It makes me even more eager to get the one on Franz Josef & Elisabeth ...
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 06, 2006, 01:47:53 PM
Yes, agneschen, my mistake there. However, I ckecked  under "German" books and was really surprised at how many books this person /s has put out about the Habsburgs! Order a couple  myself. I will keep looking for the Kaiser Franz Jsef for you.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: grandduchessella on September 06, 2006, 03:05:40 PM
I had asked Art about the FJ one and it's apparently very hard to get. He carries the Karl & Zita one and likes it better, actually. I guess it depends on exactly what photo subjects you are looking for which one might be better.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on September 07, 2006, 03:11:10 AM
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz-Joseph und  Elisabeth (out of print)

I have been desperate to get this book for the past 2 years now but it seems impossible to find even a used copy ! There was one available a few months ago on amazon but the seller only shipped to Germany and so I had to let it go - drove me mad ! I wish the book would be reprinted with so many of us obviously dying to find it.

I emailed Ueberreuter (they published the book in 1995) and they told me that they are not planing a reprint. But there is a chance of a reprint here:http://booksagain.selfip.biz/FMPro?-db=atitle.fp5&-format=battleeu.htm&-lay=cgi&-op=eq&banr=11410310&-find= (http://booksagain.selfip.biz/FMPro?-db=atitle.fp5&-format=battleeu.htm&-lay=cgi&-op=eq&banr=11410310&-find=)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on September 07, 2006, 03:12:43 AM
I'd like to add some more books:

Kaiserin Elisabeth in 200 Bildern by Gertrude Aretz (hard to find ans usually quite expensive)
Historische Photographien aus den Aben des Kaiserbruders Ludwig Victor by Gabriele Praschl-Bichler
Familienporträts der Habsburger by Ilsebill Barta
Kronprinz Rudolf 1858-1889 by Helfried Seemann and Christian Lunzer NEW !!!

I bought Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz Joseph und Elisabeth in a normal bookshop some years ago. In my opinion you can find most of the pictures, which are shown in this book, also in other books about the Habsburgs and Wittelsbachs. Gabriele Praschl-Bichler used a lot of them in her other books. So don't be too angry.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on September 07, 2006, 03:26:59 AM
Kronprinz Rudolf 1858-1889 by Helfried Seemann and Christian Lunzer NEW !!!

I saw this book at Hugendubel in Munich and I have to say it´s rather thin (about 60 pages) and not very cheap (22 Euro). And the pictures aren´t that special, IMO. Do you like this book Marie?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on September 07, 2006, 03:30:29 AM
My dear, dear Linnea ... glad to see you ...  ;D

The book has 72 (!) pages.  ;)  I saw it on amazon, but I don't think that I will order it. You won't either, right?  8)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on September 07, 2006, 03:36:07 AM
My dear, dear Linnea ... glad to see you ...  ;D

The book has 72 (!) pages.  ;)  I saw it on amazon, but I don't think that I will order it. You won't either, right?  8)

You got it. ;D
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Oliver on December 13, 2006, 04:38:01 PM
In the Van Der Kiste biography of Francis Joseph which I'm currently reading their is a wonderful photo of the Emperor in some wonderful medieval looking robes. The notes on the photo say this is the Emperor in the robes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. I'm about halfway through the book and so far the Order of the Golden Fleece hasn't been mentioned. Does anyone know what it is?

:)

Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: José on December 17, 2006, 09:03:04 AM
This might help you.

http://www.antiquesatoz.com/sgfleece/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Golden_Fleece
http://www.realtreasures.com/golden_fleece.htm
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Alixz on December 21, 2006, 10:23:53 PM
I was eagerly awaiting this book because I liked his collaberation with Coryne Hall on Xenia One A Granduchess.

However, I think that Ms. Hall must have been the driving force behind that book.  I find Van Der Kiste by himself to be dry and he does not go into as much detail as I would like.  He lists things by date.  Going from one to the other.

I wonder why all of the names are Anglecized.  Francis instead of Franz.  Katherine instead of Katerina. I find that annoying.  He is also one of the first authors I have read to spell Elisabeth as Elizabeth.

I think from comments I have read on other threads that some of you have the same book.  What do you think of it?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Teddy on February 12, 2007, 01:21:27 PM
Hello,

There are many book about Franz Josef, Sissy, Franz Ferdinand/Sophie and, Karl and Zita. But are there also other books about the other Archdukes and Archduchess?

Gr.Teddy
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnea on February 12, 2007, 01:43:59 PM
A great book is "Die Habsburger" by Brigitte Hamann, a sort of encyclopaedia about all archdukes and archduchesses since the times of Rudolf von Habsburg.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on February 12, 2007, 03:51:33 PM
Hi Teddy,

there a uncountable books about different Archdukes and Archduchesses. I can recommend you some of them. Unfortunately I only have the German titles, but maybe there are also English translations of these books.

Louise von Toscana. Skandal am Königshof. by Erika Bestenreiner
Habsburgs letzte Herrscherin by Helga Thoma (about Archduchess Maria Christine, future Queen Maria Christina of Spain)
Erzherzogin Maria Dorothea by Fabiny Tibor
Stéphanie, Kronprinzessin im Schatten von Mayerling by Irmgard Schiel
Kaiseradler und rote Nelke by Ghislaine Windisch-Graetz (about Archduchess Elisabeth Marie, Rudolf's daughter)
Die rote Erzherzogin by Friedrich Weissensteiner (also about Elisabeth Marie)
Isabella von Parma by Ursula Tamussino
Der stumme Reiter by Johann Christoph Allmayer-Beck (about Archduke Albrecht)
Ein Photoalbum aus dem Hause Habsburg by three Hungarian authors (about Archduke Friedrich and his family)
Marie Therese von Braganza by Norbert Nemec
Erzherzog Ludwig Salvator, der Wissenschaftler aus dem Kaiserhaus by Helga Schwendinger
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: palatine on February 13, 2007, 07:30:07 AM
From Archduke to Grocer by Leopold Wolfling

My Own Story by Louisa of Tuscany

Secret Memoirs of Royal Saxony: The Story of Louise, Ex-Crown Princess by Henry Fischer
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: umigon on February 14, 2007, 03:49:23 PM
You also have Las Austrias by Archduchess Katharina. I don't know if there are versions in other languages. I hope so!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 14, 2007, 04:20:56 PM
There is Unbekannten Habsburger by David  McIntosh [Tuscany]  btw- it is in English & German
Lost Waltz by Bertita Harding [Leopold Salvator]
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on February 15, 2007, 03:00:04 AM
There is Unbekannten Habsburger by David  McIntosh [Tuscany]  btw- it is in English & German
Lost Waltz by Bertita Harding [Leopold Salvator]

I've never heard of the book Lost Waltz. Is is about Leopold Ferdinand (later Wölfling) or about Leopold Salvator. son of Archduke Karl Salvator and Princess Maria Immaculata? I guess it's about Wölfling, right?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 15, 2007, 09:34:05 AM
Leopold Salvator. son of Karl Salvator [Tuscany] & M. Immaculata of Borbon 2-Siciclies.
 b. 1863
btw, my edition contains a wonderful, complete genealogical chart of the Habsburgs [a real bonus!]
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on February 15, 2007, 10:37:01 AM
Leopold Salvator. son of Karl Salvator [Tuscany] & M. Immaculata of Borbon 2-Siciclies.
 b. 1863
btw, my edition contains a wonderful, complete genealogical chart of the Habsburgs [a real bonus!]

That's great! I've always wanted to know more about him, his wife Blance and his family. From what I've read, Leopold was (just like his father Karl) very interested in technology and invented some "things".  ;) Is the book still available?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 15, 2007, 10:51:20 AM
It was printed in 1944 by Bobbs-Merrill [NY]. You could probably find it on the  usual used book sources. I doubt if there is a current reprint though.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Rachael89 on December 31, 2007, 11:43:44 AM
Hi everyone

I was in town today, and I found a book called Elizabeth, Empress of Austraia. I knew that she was Sissi and had heard that she was a fascinating woman, so I picked it up. Only when I got outside did I see the name 'BARBARA CARTLAND' at the bottom of the page. My expectations plummetted there and then.

I read it in the car on the way back and although what she was telling was interesting in itself, the way she told it was abysmal. There were no citations and I didn't have the foggiest idea whether I should trust what she was saying. I nearly had a fit when she began to include 'conversations' between the people she was writing about as if they were charecters and after around the fifth example of this, I gave up. It was clearly Barabara Cartland's, how should I put this? Highly imaginitive telling of a real woman's life-story. It read like a starry-eyed, vaguely historical piece of fiction and I couldn't beleive I'd just wasted a whole pound on it :p.

Has anyone else read this? I'd love to hear anyone else's opinions and BTW, I don't intend any disrespect to Cartland herself, it's just after reading her take on Sissi I'm now firmly of the mind that she should have stuck to romantic fiction.

Could anyone recommend a decent biography of Sissi? I'd love to read one so any help would be appreciated.

Best

Rachael
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess of Cupertino on December 31, 2007, 11:20:35 PM
Hi everyone

I was in town today, and I found a book called Elizabeth, Empress of Austraia. I knew that she was Sissi and had heard that she was a fascinating woman, so I picked it up. Only when I got outside did I see the name 'BARBARA CARTLAND' at the bottom of the page. My expectations plummetted there and then.

I read it in the car on the way back and although what she was telling was interesting in itself, the way she told it was abysmal. There were no citations and I didn't have the foggiest idea whether I should trust what she was saying. I nearly had a fit when she began to include 'conversations' between the people she was writing about as if they were charecters and after around the fifth example of this, I gave up. It was clearly Barabara Cartland's, how should I put this? Highly imaginitive telling of a real woman's life-story. It read like a starry-eyed, vaguely historical piece of fiction and I couldn't beleive I'd just wasted a whole pound on it :p.

it reminds me of the Princess Diaries for teenage girls here in the US.

I've read Bridget Hamann's "A reluctant Empress". I think it was one of the most acclaimed biographies of Sissi. If you can read the German original it'd be even better.

Has anyone else read this? I'd love to hear anyone else's opinions and BTW, I don't intend any disrespect to Cartland herself, it's just after reading her take on Sissi I'm now firmly of the mind that she should have stuck to romantic fiction.

Could anyone recommend a decent biography of Sissi? I'd love to read one so any help would be appreciated.

Best

Rachael
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: imperial angel on January 04, 2008, 09:14:01 AM
No, I haven't. I have read the biography of Sissi by Joan Haslip though. It gave me some knowledge of the subject, it is accurate. I should look up the other book ( Hamann's), although I haven't got around to it yet. Its interesting you should mention this book, by Cartland, because I was just on Amazon ( looking for books about Sissi other than the only one I had read), and I saw there was a book on Sissi by Barbara Cartland, who I have only heard of because I am a Princess Diana fan, and she liked her books as a teenager, and was a relative of Diana's stepmother. But, I was wondering what the book was like, although I figured it wouldn't be much good. Thanks for enlightening me, it sounds like I was right.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess of Cupertino on January 04, 2008, 09:47:43 PM
My last post didn't show :-(

I read Bridget Hamann's "reluctant Empress", which is decent in my opinion.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on January 05, 2008, 05:17:08 AM
I'm going to read the last two books because I liked the movies.  I also found some by Bertita Harding but they're very old.

Regards,
Lisa
www.bookaddiction.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Rachael89 on January 07, 2008, 04:25:39 PM
Hi Guys

Thanks for your answers, I can't find any on e-bay so I looked in my local library instead - they have the one by Joan Haslip so once I've finished a bio I have of Alix by David Duff I'll move onto that one.

Best

Rachael
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: dmitri on January 14, 2008, 07:47:09 PM
Katerina von Berg wrote two excellent biographies. One is on Empress Elisabeth and the other is on King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: dmitri on January 23, 2008, 06:27:20 PM
History always presents us with the unpalatable. All of Prince Philip's sisters married Germans hence their not being invited to the wedding of their brother and sister-in-law. Queen Mary spoke fluent German as did Edward VII and Queen Victoria. Don't be putt off by any of this. Prince Philip also speaks fluent German.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: dmitri on January 26, 2008, 06:09:48 AM
As for the post Habsburg period in Austria there was the unstable republic which culminated in the Anschluss with the Third Reich, world war and finally after a period of occupation the rather colourless current Austrian Republic. Is this a happy record I wonder?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess Susan on February 11, 2008, 02:37:15 PM
I would like to know something more about book 'Die kranken Habsburger' by Hans Bankl. Does the book contain some rare information about illnesses, medical treatments, detailed descriptions of last days in their lives etc.?
Has anybody read it? If yes, do you consider it for good, interesting book or in the contrary for book with quite common informations?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on March 18, 2008, 02:28:03 PM
Two interesting new books:

http://www.amazon.de/Unsere-liebe-Sisi-Gabriele-Praschl-Bichler/dp/385002637X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205868309&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.de/Kaiserzeit-Alltagsleben-Habsburger-Reihe-Archivbilder/dp/3866802633/ref=pd_sim_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1205868309&sr=1-2
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess Susan on March 20, 2008, 08:54:31 AM
Thanks for tip! Have you read those books yourself? And have you found them interesting?
 
Also this book can contain interesting details and especially nice pictures:

http://www.amazon.de/lebten-die-Habsburger-Ingrid-Haslinger/dp/3854476515/ref=pd_sbs_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1205868309&sr=1-2
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on March 24, 2008, 06:18:56 AM
Thanks for tip! Have you read those books yourself? And have you found them interesting?
 

The second is yet to be published.

The one by Praschl-Bichler ist out now. I must say I'm not actually a fan of Praschl-Bichler's unscholarly  method of analysis, which is very often out of context. But I'm always glad to read quotes from formerly unpublished original sources, especially  by the Archduchess Sophie, of and about whom so little has been published.
I'm always interested when someone sets out to defend Sophie against all the negative things which have been spread about her, but Praschl-Bichler always overdoes it, being little convincing in her argumentation. Besides, her style is somewhat silly.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess Susan on March 27, 2008, 12:26:20 PM
I read from Praschl-Bichler only "Kaiserin Elisabeth Mythos und Wahrheit". There are many quotatins from letters and diaries of Archduchess Sophia as well. It is indeed interesting to read. But you are right that she perhaps overdoes defence of Sophie a bit. Although nowdays many authors attempt to find objective view on her and they don't judge her so strict. Because of new sources, witch was'nt so well known before. But surely none of them defends her so hard like Gabriele Praschl-Bichler. Propably she is her favorite personality  :).
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Silja on March 29, 2008, 09:27:35 AM
I, too, always vindicate Sophie against many of the accusations made against her, but what always anoys me about Praschl-Bichler is that she keeps arguing Sophie and Elisabeth had the best of relationships until the archduchess died, and that everything negative Sisi said about Sophie afterwards derived from Elisabeth projecting the difficulties she had with her own mother on Sophie. This is all conjectural psychologising, and to me it's not at all convincing.
The sources give a lot of hints that Sophie did actually like Sisi, that she was never against Franz Josef marrying her. In this Praschl-Bichler is right. But this isn't news at all.  What they do not prove is that Sisi liked her mother-in- law likewise or that what she writes about her is all made up.
The two women simply had different characters and different ways of looking at things. Elisabeth was certainly being unfair in the way she criticised Sophie, and she never questioned her own, often very selfish, ways, but this doesn't mean Sophie was the great mother-in-law of Praschl-Bichler's imagination.
Gabriele P.-B. likes to cite mainly from Sophie's letters and diaries, but she doesn't look at more disinterested sources to compare and reach a more balanced view. Her method doesn't meet the requirements of scholarship.  She just doesn't present the necessary evidence.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: nom de plume on September 05, 2008, 10:45:23 PM
Memoirs of the Husband of an Ex-Crown Princess by Enrico Toselli
The Struggle for a Royal Child by Ida Kremer
   
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on September 07, 2008, 03:08:35 PM
i just got a book THE RED PRINCE
has anybody read it yet?its about Wilhelm von Habsburg by Timothy Snyder ..he wanted t be the king of Ukraine
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess Susan on September 08, 2008, 01:52:59 AM
Is the book in english?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on September 08, 2008, 05:36:09 PM
Very much so ! It brings out the Hapsburg branch that was interested in Poland. Two of Wilhelm's sisters married Polish Princes (one being Radziwill) and a third married a commoner. The Red Prince  here was also gay....
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on September 09, 2008, 03:14:07 PM
right now iam in the middle of the book ..its very well write,gives you idea and i think great detail about the end ofWW1 and the years after till 1945 ...how the habsburgs wanted to get back to austria and wilhelms ways to get to be the king of ukraine..about wilhems nefew king alfonso XIII OF spain(who hosted and help Zita after madeira) this is where they met..if you can get the book it was just published in usa and came out in england few months ago...so far i love the book
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on September 09, 2008, 03:40:30 PM
Yes I like it alot too. Would love to know more about his sisters too (Reneta and Mathilde).
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on September 22, 2008, 06:46:22 AM
'The Red Prince' is in the library, I think, so I must remember to order it.
Lisa

www.royalrendezvous.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on September 22, 2008, 02:00:55 PM
One of the most interesting book on a Hapsburg to come out in awhile.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: erzsi on November 26, 2008, 05:16:10 PM
Hi,

I'm searching the Letters between Empress Maria Theresian and her daughter, the Dauphine and later Queen Marie Antoinette between 1770 and 1780  in english.

I would be very happy if someone can help me!

Thx

erzsi
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marlene on November 26, 2008, 08:57:53 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Marie-Antoinette-Collection-Letters/dp/0880640642

Hi,

I'm searching the Letters between Empress Maria Theresian and her daughter, the Dauphine and later Queen Marie Antoinette between 1770 and 1780  in english.

I would be very happy if someone can help me!

Thx

erzsi
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on November 27, 2008, 09:07:58 AM
Yes the letters were translated and published in English. I have seen it on Amazon and some second hard bookstores.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on November 27, 2008, 10:31:41 PM
Here's one  link I found online and can be downloaded free on Count Mercy in Paris... There are extracts of letters in here, together with background information on what had happened. Hope this helps a bit... enjoy!

http://www.archive.org/details/guardianmariean00smytgoog



Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on November 28, 2008, 09:13:47 AM
I think Olivier Bernier edited an edition. I bought that one for my collection.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: nom de plume on December 25, 2008, 05:45:09 PM
The best collection of Marie Antoinette's letters that I have come across to date was written in French: Evelyne Lever's Marie Antoinette: Correspondance (1770 - 1793).  It includes letters written by Maria Theresa and the Comte de Mercy as well as annotations by the erudite and astute Lever.  Lever also wrote a biography of Marie Antoinette which contains quotes from the letters and has been translated into English.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 26, 2008, 10:10:45 AM
Is the Lever book available in English ?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: CountessKate on January 19, 2009, 06:15:04 AM
I believe not.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Mari on January 19, 2009, 06:39:14 AM
I think you might like to look at this: from Writings of the Body of a Queen

http://books.google.com/books?id=VA9oTIyrWr4C&pg=PA25&dq=letteers+between+Marie+antoinette+and+Maria+theresa&ei=M3J0SY7EI5SyMKv1zMgM#PPA32,M1

and this has interesting tidbits: from The Living Age
http://books.google.com/books?id=MgouAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA460&dq=letteers+between+Marie+antoinette+and+Maria+theresa&ei=M3J0SY7EI5SyMKv1zMgM#PPA464,M1
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on March 27, 2009, 01:22:52 PM
I went to a booksigning by timothy snider..it was in a Ukrainian institute in Manhattan and he gave a great short lecture ,after i ask him to suggest other books and he was very nice and helpfull..i might scared him little because I was so exited to read the book and to hear from somebody with such a knowledge:)...lol
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on March 29, 2009, 11:59:28 PM
Hi Teddy,

there a uncountable books about different Archdukes and Archduchesses. I can recommend you some of them. Unfortunately I only have the German titles, but maybe there are also English translations of these books.

Louise von Toscana. Skandal am Königshof. by Erika Bestenreiner
Habsburgs letzte Herrscherin by Helga Thoma (about Archduchess Maria Christine, future Queen Maria Christina of Spain)
Erzherzogin Maria Dorothea by Fabiny Tibor
Stéphanie, Kronprinzessin im Schatten von Mayerling by Irmgard Schiel
Kaiseradler und rote Nelke by Ghislaine Windisch-Graetz (about Archduchess Elisabeth Marie, Rudolf's daughter)
Die rote Erzherzogin by Friedrich Weissensteiner (also about Elisabeth Marie)
Isabella von Parma by Ursula Tamussino
Der stumme Reiter by Johann Christoph Allmayer-Beck (about Archduke Albrecht)
Ein Photoalbum aus dem Hause Habsburg by three Hungarian authors (about Archduke Friedrich and his family)
Marie Therese von Braganza by Norbert Nemec
Erzherzog Ludwig Salvator, der Wissenschaftler aus dem Kaiserhaus by Helga Schwendinger
hi I know this is an older post but were the books by Friedrich Weissensteiner and Ghislaine Windisch-Graetz translated into english?Or is the a bio of Rudolf daughter in english?or czech or slovak i can read that
thank you!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on March 30, 2009, 05:38:58 AM
These books are great and they would definitely be worth a translation, but I don't think that there is any translated version.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on March 30, 2009, 04:16:17 PM
Sadly, you are right. Well we have "the Red Prince" now. Did you read that book ?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on March 30, 2009, 04:56:39 PM
The Red prince is a great book got to read it last year
Does anybody here knows mr beeche ? And can suggest to him maybe eurohistry can translate and publish the books by Windish-Graets and Weissenstainer about Archduchess Elisabeth Marie (Rudolph daughter)
Or does royalty digest still publishes books?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: grandduchessella on March 30, 2009, 08:25:08 PM
Arturo is a member of this forum under the name Eurohistory. You could PM him about your interest.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marlene on March 31, 2009, 11:46:46 AM


The books you mention have not been translated into English.  The Red Prince, about Archduke Wilhelm, is in English, by Timothy Snyder (Yale University Press)  --- not bad.

Hi Teddy,

there a uncountable books about different Archdukes and Archduchesses. I can recommend you some of them. Unfortunately I only have the German titles, but maybe there are also English translations of these books.

Louise von Toscana. Skandal am Königshof. by Erika Bestenreiner
Habsburgs letzte Herrscherin by Helga Thoma (about Archduchess Maria Christine, future Queen Maria Christina of Spain)
Erzherzogin Maria Dorothea by Fabiny Tibor
Stéphanie, Kronprinzessin im Schatten von Mayerling by Irmgard Schiel
Kaiseradler und rote Nelke by Ghislaine Windisch-Graetz (about Archduchess Elisabeth Marie, Rudolf's daughter)
Die rote Erzherzogin by Friedrich Weissensteiner (also about Elisabeth Marie)
Isabella von Parma by Ursula Tamussino
Der stumme Reiter by Johann Christoph Allmayer-Beck (about Archduke Albrecht)
Ein Photoalbum aus dem Hause Habsburg by three Hungarian authors (about Archduke Friedrich and his family)
Marie Therese von Braganza by Norbert Nemec
Erzherzog Ludwig Salvator, der Wissenschaftler aus dem Kaiserhaus by Helga Schwendinger
hi I know this is an older post but were the books by Friedrich Weissensteiner and Ghislaine Windisch-Graetz translated into english?Or is the a bio of Rudolf daughter in english?or czech or slovak i can read that
thank you!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on March 31, 2009, 12:01:55 PM
Indeed. A rare one that deals with the Polish branch of Hapsburgs in English.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on April 04, 2009, 07:16:16 PM

I'll definitely read it but I'm away with Marie Antoinette at the moment...
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Rani on May 08, 2009, 02:16:20 PM
http://www.hochwarter.at/webshop/show_product.php?cPath=94&products_id=216&SESS=6f909cd666e70e1928c9829c4880e953


A photo book about the emperor periode in Gastein.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Rani on May 13, 2009, 01:04:29 PM
If someone will buy it and have a little bit money

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1277240214&tab=1&searchurl=bi%3D0%26bx%3Doff%26ds%3D30%26isbn%3D3800035782%26pfxid%3Da_130943037%26sortby%3D2%26sts%3Dt%26x%3D79%26y%3D15
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: aor on May 15, 2009, 10:01:22 AM
How reliable are the accounts of the journalist/writer George Markus? I have only read one book from him about the Vetsera case and now found a book about Madame Schratt/Franz Joseph. He is making some (hearsay) claims about a so-called 'gewissensehe' (translated: a marriage based on concience) between Madame Schratt and Kaiser Franz Joseph. The book is called "Katharina Schratt, die heimliche frau des Kaisers".
Anyone? In my other book about Madame Schratt by Joan Haslip, I can't find anything about it.
thanks
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on May 16, 2009, 06:28:06 PM
What is 'a marriage based on conscience', Aor?  This theory sounds very interesting.  It doesn't fit with strong Catholicism?

I wonder why the Emperor liked Katherina so much.  She was supposed to be a bit plain and doesn't sound very exciting.  Maybe he was tired of Sisi's drama and just
wanted a quieter life!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: aor on May 17, 2009, 06:20:50 AM
It seems to be a marriage, performed by a priest but kept secret and only written up in a secret ledger. I guess it's a marriage before God only, no witnesses.
I have just recently started this book, it is in German and German not being my first language, it takes a bit to get going with it. I will post my impression when I get through, just wondering about the author's credibility. I did read all the books written by Countess Larisch, but while reading those, I know to bring several grains of salt........
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnie on May 17, 2009, 06:25:37 PM
I am currently rereading Brigit Hammann bio on Sissi, and was surprised to see that Sissi herself was hoping that, when she died, Franz would marry Katherine.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Princess Susan on May 18, 2009, 02:02:05 AM
It seems to be a marriage, performed by a priest but kept secret and only written up in a secret ledger. I guess it's a marriage before God only, no witnesses.
I have just recently started this book, it is in German and German not being my first language, it takes a bit to get going with it. I will post my impression when I get through, just wondering about the author's credibility. I did read all the books written by Countess Larisch, but while reading those, I know to bring several grains of salt........

I have read the book four years ago. I consider it for very interesting reading. George Markus mentioned in his bio, that a few couples, which got married in same secret way in 30-ies, witnessed to see signatures of Katharina and the Emperor. But I have doubts about all those claims. I rather agree with opinion of Brigitte Hamann, which expressed in her book about relationship between K. Schratt and Franz Joseph, that their friendship remained pure platonic and they have never married. But who knows? We will never know the answer, because the book with (imaginary) signatures were destroyed during the second world war.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Greenowl on May 18, 2009, 06:58:35 AM
I am currently rereading Brigit Hammann bio on Sissi, and was surprised to see that Sissi herself was hoping that, when she died, Franz would marry Katherine.

As far as I can make out from the various sources, Elisabeth never had a bad word to say about her husband and in fact felt sorry for him. This comes out very forcefully in some of her poems (see Hamann page 482). At most, she teased him for being attracted to young women. She actually introduced him to Katharina Schratt and did her utmost to support and encourage the relationship.

I don't think I have ever read anything by George Markus, although the name seems familiar to me for some reason. I have never heard anything about a so-called 'Gewissensehe' (marriage based on conscience). Franz-Joseph and Katharina Schratt had a very close relationship over many years. She was extremely loyal and although she survived the Kaiser by about a quarter of a century, she never once revealed any details of their time together, although it is said that she was offered large sums of money to do so.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: aor on May 18, 2009, 01:55:45 PM
For some reason it seems a little off. As much as he was opposed to other 'morganatic' marriages within his own family and the destruction this attitude caused, it simply does not ring true that he himself would have contracted such a marriage.
The other book I read by George Markus is about the 'grave digging' of Mary Vetsera and it was written well, sources named etc., but I am not certain what to think about this book. It is tedious reading.
I do not believe however that the relationship was soley platonic. A lot of letters between them have been destroyed and it seems as only the 'tame' letters survived, although asking someone to be received in their bedroom makes me go ummmmmm..... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on May 30, 2009, 07:00:25 PM
Thank you for explaining a secret marriage, Aor.

It is interesting that Sisi wanted Katherina and Emperor Joseph to marry.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: aor on May 30, 2009, 07:17:12 PM
I am about halfway through this book and George Markus does have some amazing documents in regards to this marriage. I do not find the booke easy to read, I have to sit by myself with no distractions to follow along.
He also mentioned that Kaiser Karl introduced Kaiserin Zita to Madame Schratt and not vice versa as would be appropriate according to etiquette. This happened on the day the old Kaiser died and the family was gathered and Madame Schratt joined them in the family quarters. Whatever happened I hope the old boy had some happy years at the end of his life. I am not a big fan of Emperor Franz Jozeph, but he did not have an easy road to travel.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Yelena Aleksandrovna on June 15, 2009, 08:34:00 PM
I know a book about Sissi titled "Vals Negro" by Ana Maria Moix as you can see it's
in Spanish, I haven't read it.
(http://coleccionandoprincipios.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/vals-negro.jpg)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on June 15, 2009, 10:12:42 PM
A book on Joseph II, Leopold II , Maria Amalia,  Maria Caroline, and Marie Antoinette for release in December: In Destiny's Hands (Five Tragic Rulers, Children of Maria Theresa) by Justin C. Vovk.....

http://justincvovk.wordpress.com/

The author said it'll have an early release (originally scheduled for February 2010).  It seems very interesting!  I am so looking forward to it.

 
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Yelena Aleksandrovna on June 19, 2009, 07:46:41 PM
The Spanish writter Angeles Caso wrote a book about Empress Sissi,
Elisabeth, empress of Austria-Hungary

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/3249675456_937410b64e.jpg)

I want to read it very much, but here in Mexico is nearly imposible to get sthg.
like this
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on June 20, 2009, 08:30:02 PM
I'll have to stick to the books written in English, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Yelena Aleksandrovna on June 26, 2009, 07:05:43 PM
I added them because someone would be interested, unfortunately I haven't had the oportunity to
read them:-(
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Alejandro Spain on July 16, 2009, 01:05:07 PM
Are there coffee table books, about the Habsburges?

Brigitte Hamann, Elisabeth. [i]Portraits of an Empress [/i] (the one Robert Hall mentioned I assume)
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Franz-Joseph und  Elisabeth (out of print)
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Karl und Kaiserin Zita
Gabriele Praschl-Bichler, Historische Photographien aus den Alben des Kaiserbruders Erzherzog Ludwig Viktor
Johannes Thiele, Elisabeth - Bilder ihres Lebens
Hellmut Andics, Die Frauen der Habsburger
Helfried Seemann, Christian Lunzer, Das österreichisch-ungarische Kaiserhaus 1860-1918
Gerda Mraz, Ulla Fischer-Westhauser, Elisabeth-Wumschbilder oder die Kunst der Retouche
Brigitte Vachta, Die Habsburger. Eine europäische Familiengeschichte.
Karl Vocelka, Lynn Heller, Die private Welt der Habsburger. Leben und Alltag einer Familie
Karl Vocelka, Lynn Heller, Die Lebenswelt der Habsburger. Kultur-und Mentalitätsgeschichte einer Familie

Do you know if this book is a "photo-book"?

Regards!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Dan Willis on August 18, 2009, 07:01:54 PM
Over the past couple of years this forum has had some wonderful discussion and a lot of information provided about the "secret" marriage of Archduke Ernst (1824-1899) and Laura Skublics de Velike et Besenyö. With the excpetion of the descent from their daughter Clotilde, pretty much everything that is known about this family is a result of my research (and subsequent repeating of the material on various websites).

This story has so fascinated me, I have decided to devote an entire book to it. The primary focus of the book will be the lives of the Ernst and Laura, their children and grandchildren. Of course there will be an indepth look at the court case which came about after Ernst's death regarding acknowledgment of his surviving children as heirs. I will be including a detailed genealogy of all the descednants as well.

I have no idea when this book will be published as I am still heavily in the research phase, but I am setting aside several projects and devoting most of my time to this one. I would love to be able to have it out in two years time, but I'll have to see if that is feasible or not.

Dan Willis

P.S. My most recent book, "The Romanovs in the 21st Century" is now available via Amazon.de (or for a discounted price for a limited at my website: www.dan-willis.com)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Madame-Sisi on September 09, 2009, 07:15:39 AM
Are there coffee table books, about the Habsburges?

Brigitte Hamann, Elisabeth. [i]Portraits of an Empress [/i] (the one Robert Hall mentioned I assume)

Do you know if this book is a "photo-book"?

Regards!

yes it is.. i have that book..i even had it double but i sold one :p
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Rani on September 29, 2009, 12:16:10 PM
http://www.amazon.de/K%C3%B6nig-Ukraine-geheimen-Wilhelm-Habsburg/dp/3552054782/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1254244362&sr=8-3-fkmr0


It´s really interesting. I think I will read it.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on October 04, 2009, 08:05:50 PM
For those who are interested, the book on 5 of Empress Maria Theresa's children (Joseph, Leopold, Maria Carolina, Marie Antoinette, and Maria Amalia) In Destiny's Hands: Five Tragic Rulers, Children of Maria Theresa by Justin Vovk  is already out...... It's available at the publisher (Lulu), Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The link of the book at Lulu and the table of contents.......

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/in-destinys-hands-five-tragic-rulers-children-of-maria-theresa/6245676
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on October 31, 2009, 07:13:14 PM
Thank you.  I certainly intend to buy it!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on November 01, 2009, 10:07:11 AM
Yes. Especially on Maria Carolina & Maria Amalia.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on November 28, 2009, 11:28:11 PM
I noticed that the author published at Lulu.  That's an idea for people who like to write about royalty
and are thinking of self-publishing!

I hope that it does well.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on December 01, 2009, 08:25:41 PM
I noticed that the author published at Lulu.  That's an idea for people who like to write about royalty
and are thinking of self-publishing!

I hope that it does well.

I emailed the author because I had some questions about his book (before ordering and after reading it) and he said that he's got a new publisher for In Destiny's Hands.  

Eric Lowe, what was your photo books about? Who was/were featured?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 03, 2009, 10:14:01 AM
My book are called "Royalty in Photographs" & "Royal Images". Both of them are photo books on the families of Queen Victoria & King Christian IX of Denmark's decendents. I included some Wittelsbachs and Hapsburg there too.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on December 04, 2009, 03:25:43 AM
That sounds very interesting! I have not read much on Queen Victoria's descendants or King Christian IX's for that matter.  Still too busy with Maria Theresa's children...... but I would love to see your photobooks one of these days. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 04, 2009, 05:10:41 PM
I still got copies of it. One of my favourites to find is cdvs or cabinet cards of different branches of Hapsburgs in the reign of Franz Josef.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: prinzheinelgirl on December 06, 2009, 04:15:41 AM
Thanks! I will let you know later when I'm ready to get such...... :)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 06, 2009, 12:14:27 PM
Thanks.

I don't know if there is a book on the Polish Hapsburgs. "The Red Prince" made me want to read more about this family who lived and married in Poland.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on December 08, 2009, 07:54:59 AM
Is it possible that someone can make a list of maybe top   photobooks ,and top bio's of Members of Habsburg Family?(the bios in english?)Thank you
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 08, 2009, 04:16:50 PM
I don't think there were too many photo books of Hapsburg in English. Most of mine were German and bought in Vienna or Insbruck.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: newfan on December 08, 2009, 08:14:51 PM
The Photo books in any languages...the bios in English
Thank you
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 08, 2009, 09:43:59 PM
There are a lot on the ruling families. I like "The Last Empress" by Gorden Brooke Shepard on Empress Zita. He also wrote books on Franz Ferdinand (Archduke of Saravivo), Emperor and Franz Josef. One should start from his books. A recent addition is John Van Der Kiste book on Emperor Franz Josef, a more entry level book that cover the basics. As for Sisi, there are at least six that merits mention. But the one not to miss is the Corti one, filled with first hand information.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on December 12, 2009, 01:07:10 AM
I read 'The Reluctant Empress' but I must look out for the Corti one.  It sounds fascinating!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 12, 2009, 10:58:21 AM
Yes. Brigitte worked with the Corti to begin her research on her book.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on December 27, 2009, 05:21:52 AM
I looked for the Corti book without much luck. I found Brigitte Hamann's book very good.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on December 27, 2009, 11:58:32 AM
Look for it on book search websites. I still find a copy or two in used bookstores.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: historylover on January 03, 2010, 05:20:35 AM
Thank you, Eric.  I will have another look.
Title: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Lucien on March 31, 2010, 12:24:41 AM
Not a book,but a new site availeble as of this may,the Habsburg.net.

http://blog.habsburger.net/

 :)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Jessamy on May 11, 2010, 08:29:49 AM
I wasn't sure where to post this and I was kind of surprised there was no thread for the Great War. Amazon recommended for me today "The Eye of Enemy: Austro-Hungarian Photographs of the Great War (Hardcover)".  Just wondering if anyone has this book and what they think of it. I believe the author is Italian and the photographer was Italian as well. Thanks!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on May 15, 2010, 12:09:27 PM
are there any books about the Hungarian Branch of the Hapsburgs?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on May 15, 2010, 12:20:58 PM
are there any books about the Hungarian Branch of the Hapsburgs?

Ein Photoalbum aus dem Hause Habsburg by Vilmos Heiszler, Margit Szakacs and Karoly Vörös

There are also two biographies about Archduchess Maria Dorothea, third wife of Archduke Joseph Anton, but I don't know the authors at the moment.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on May 15, 2010, 01:11:38 PM
Danke! :)

that album is mostly about Archduke Albrecht's family, right? son of the famous Isabella of Croy whom got ticked about Archduke Franz Ferdinand marring Countess Sophie insted of one of her many daughters?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: MarieCharlotte on May 15, 2010, 01:34:50 PM
Danke! :)

that album is mostly about Archduke Albrecht's family, right? son of the famous Isabella of Croy whom got ticked about Archduke Franz Ferdinand marring Countess Sophie insted of one of her many daughters?

It's about Archduke Friedrich, his wife Isabella and their children.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marie Valerie on January 07, 2011, 10:38:54 AM
What about the book "Habsburg intim" by Chris Stadtlaender ?

Is it any good?

Any Photos in there?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Dan Willis on September 04, 2011, 09:44:55 AM
I am happy to announce that, at long last, my book about Archduke Ernst (1824-1899), Laura Skublics and their descendants has been published with the title The Archduke's Secret Family!

The book is modest in size, 100 pages, but it explains fully the nature of Ernst & Laura's relationship, whther they married, and the status of their children. It also includes a genealogy of their descendants. This genealogy includes a lot of additional information that has not already been published including a previously unknown grandchild for the Archduke.

The family has been kind enough to provide me with several pages of rare family photos, mostly of the Archduke's children and grandchildren.

The Kindle version of the ebook is now available on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/The-Archdukes-Secret-Family-ebook/dp/B005L40N7A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315147100&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Archdukes-Secret-Family-ebook/dp/B005L40N7A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315147100&sr=1-1). It usually takes about a week for it to get listed on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de

Other ebook versions (Nook, iBook, etc) should be available within the next 24-48 hours and will be available at this link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86125 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86125)

The paperback edition will be available on Amazon.com by the middle of next week.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Olga Bernice on September 04, 2011, 09:44:50 PM
Wow! That's a big thing, Dan! Congratulations!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on September 06, 2011, 11:02:20 AM
That is very interesting. I would love to buy it ! :-)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Laura_ on October 13, 2011, 04:56:49 PM
Elisabeth - Kaiserin von Österreich, Königin von Ungarn | Ihr Leben. Ihre Seele. Ihre Welt ( Elisabeth - Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary | Her Life. Her Soul. Her World )

Christian Brandstätter Verlag Wien - München, 2011

Format 24 x 32 cm
320 pages, ca. 1000 pictures
Hardcover

http://www.cbv.at/Buch.aspx?buch_id=118082

(http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2395/newimages.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/newimages.jpg/)



A stunning new book on Kaiserin Elisabeth by Johannes Thiele...
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Zukunftsseele on October 13, 2011, 05:02:48 PM
I am disappointed by this book. There is nothing new in it and it has not even the most popular photos and pictures of Elisabeth. Much ado about nothing.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Laura_ on October 13, 2011, 05:15:53 PM
Really? I thought it was one of the best books on Elisabeth alongside Elisabeth. Bilder Ihres Lebens by Johannes Thiele,  Elisabeth - Bilder einer Kaiserin. Portraits of an Empress by Brigitte Hamann, and Elisabeth: Prinzessin in Bayern, Kaiserin von Österreich, Königin von Ungarn by Gerda Mraz & Ulla Fischer-Westhauser ...
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Zukunftsseele on October 15, 2011, 06:39:29 AM
The Hamann book and the book by Gerda Mraz have much more to offer. I had expected a lot of the Thiele book but the layout and design is all that's interesting.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: dboro on August 14, 2012, 05:21:13 PM
Really? I thought it was one of the best books on Elisabeth alongside Elisabeth. Bilder Ihres Lebens by Johannes Thiele,  Elisabeth - Bilder einer Kaiserin. Portraits of an Empress by Brigitte Hamann, and Elisabeth: Prinzessin in Bayern, Kaiserin von Österreich, Königin von Ungarn by Gerda Mraz & Ulla Fischer-Westhauser ...

Bilder einer Kaiserin is a bit disappointing. I have a 1992 Hungarian edition, but I don't think that many things have changed in the new ones. Incorrent dates and attributions, sometimes the quality of the reproductions is poor, too.
Ulla Fischer-Westhauser's book - which corrected many of Hamann's mistakes - is REALLY great, it's sad that the book is based only on the (otherwise stunning) collection of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. It would be great to expand the research area and include for example the Hungarian montages, paintings, retouched photographs, etchings based on the same originals. There are many...
As a Hungarian art historian I'm working on something similar, I already have some publications about this topic, and I hope that in a few years these researches will lead to a book like Fischer-Westhauser's. Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 06, 2013, 02:50:18 PM
Here are some books on the Hapsburgs and WW I:

Air Aces of the Austro-hungarian Empire Martin O'Conner
Austro-Hungarian army aircraft of WW I Peter Gross
Germanairpower in WW I John Morrow (has a chapter of Austor -Hungarian airpower)
die KUK Seeflieger Peter Schupita ( In German only deals with the Austro-Hungarian naval air service0

Iszonzo the Forgoten Scarifice john Schindler
The White war Mark Thompson
Blood on the Snow Graydon a Tunstan
Brekthrough the Grorice-tarrnow offensive Richard Dinaro
The brusilov offensive tim Dowling
Carpathian disaster Geoffrey jukes
The Mad Catastrpe Geoffrey Warwo (due out in 2014)

The naval war in the Mediterrainian Paul Halpern
The Battle of the Otranto Strait Paul Halpern
The Central Powers in the Adriatic Charles Koburger

The Austro-Prussian War Geffery Warwo

Osprey: Austro-Hungarian forces in WW I (1) 1914-1916, (2) 1916-1918 Peter jung
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 13, 2013, 08:57:17 PM
Here are some others:
The War of Austrian Succession 1740-1748 M.S.Anderson
The Wars of Fredrick the great Dennis Showalter
The Wars of Louis XIV John A Lynn
The Army of Franz Joeseph Gunther E Rothenberg
The Undermining of Austria Hungary Mark Cornwall
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: amelia on September 13, 2013, 09:02:30 PM
I am looking for a book about Empress Sissi stay in Madeira Island, when she was suffering from tuberculosis. Can someone help me? Thanks
Amelia
(Eva McDonald)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marie Valerie on September 15, 2013, 01:23:12 PM
I am looking for a book about Empress Sissi stay in Madeira Island, when she was suffering from tuberculosis. Can someone help me? Thanks
Amelia
(Eva McDonald)

I only know a german book. It is called "Auf Sisis Spuren in Madeira" by Doris Falkenau (ISBN:978-3704610089/3704610089)

I hope this may help you.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Greenowl on November 06, 2013, 07:39:04 AM
Excellent new book by Greg King and Sue Woolmans entitled "The Assassination of the Archduke"....Sarajevo 1914 and the murder that changed the world. I have just finished reading it and it is wonderful. I totally recommend it.

GREENOWL
(MONIKA)
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 19, 2014, 04:49:55 PM
The axis History forum's section Austria_Hungary 1867-1918 has a posting Austria-Hungary's Last war 1914-1918 in both English and German. It 8 volumes of heavy duty official history lets make the army look good reading.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 25, 2014, 06:46:07 PM
the above histories site is www.comroestudios.com/StanHanna It was written by former Austro-Hungarian army officers to make their former boss the army commander Conrad and the army look good even though they suffer through one disaster after another.

The army of Maria Theresa and the Army of Fredrick the Great both by Chris Duffy read how Maria t and FTG fight it out
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on April 03, 2014, 06:25:49 PM
A few more:
The thirty years war Peter Wilson
The Kings Honor and the Kings cardinal the war of Polish succession John l Sutton
The Military Border in Crotia 1740-1881 G.E. Rothenberg
Maria thersea E Crankshaw
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 06, 2014, 05:03:44 PM
two more:
Uniforms and equipment of the Austro-Hungarian army in World War I Spencer A Coil
Austro-Hungarian Infantry 1914-1918 J.S. Lucas
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 28, 2014, 06:11:23 PM
Add too this:
Assassination in Sarajero Alex Woolf
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Maria Sisi on September 07, 2014, 12:20:28 AM
Anybody know about this book on Kaiser Karl I?

"Kaiser Karl I. Ein biografischer Bilderbogen"

96 pages, 160 images (black and white), dimensions: 167 x 240 mm, bound, ISBN: 978-3-95400-076-0, publication 01.11.2012

(http://www.suttonverlag.at/images/books/2048/original/kaiser_karl_i_978-3-95400-076-0.jpg)

http://www.suttonverlag.at/buch/kaiser_karl_i_978-3-95400-076-0.html

Perhaps someone can tell how similar it is to "Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Karl und Kaiserin Zita" and if it is worth buying at all.   
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Marie Valerie on September 07, 2014, 11:15:35 AM
I reviewed this book for my blog last year. It's a nice little book.
There are not only many Pictures of Karls Family (and Zitas) also some documents in it.
The book doesn't end with Kaiser Karls death, one of the last photos is of Karl Habsburg (grandson of Karl I.) and his son Ferdinand (great grandson of Karl I.).

"Kaiser Karl I. Ein biografischer Bilderbogen" is more up to date than - "Das Familienalbum von Kaiser Karl und Kaiserin Zita" which is from 1996.
The format of the Kaiser Karl book is like a normal book, it's not a coffee table book like Das Familienalbum.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Maria Sisi on September 07, 2014, 01:10:51 PM
Thank you for the response Marie Valerie.

What's the name of your blog? I'd be very interested in viewing it!
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Eric_Lowe on September 15, 2014, 01:19:04 PM
Thanks for info on the lovely book.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on February 09, 2015, 06:26:18 PM
Other books of note:
The Hapsburg Empire 1790-1918 C.N. Migratney
The Passing of the Hapsburg monarchy 1914-1918 Arthur may
The Army of Franz Joesph Gunther E Ruthenberg
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on February 26, 2015, 03:40:03 PM
In a recent issue of After the Battle magazine they have an article of the assassination of Franz F with  there usual then and now photos and who is really in them.
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: Linnie on March 22, 2015, 05:35:12 PM
I suppose that, unless someone finds an unopened box in the attic or inherits some old family archives, there won't be any new revelation or picture of Elizabeth, Franz-Joseph and their children. How probable is that?
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on February 29, 2016, 05:24:18 PM
I have read "The Assassination of the Archduke" a good read my only gripe is there mention of guards regiments when the Austro-hungarian army didn't have any guards regiments. Here are the only guards units in the A-H army:

KUK Trabantereibgarde a company of men from proven soldiers of the regular army that guard palaces and other Imperial residences.

KUK Leibgarderreitereskardron 150 men and 80 horses displace riders

KUK Liebgardeininfantriekompanie 278 men proven soldiers of the regular army who guard the royal palace in Vienna
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 27, 2016, 12:20:10 PM
Franz Conrad Von Hotzendorf by Lawrence Sondhaus a fine bio of the Austro-Hungarian army chief of staff

New books I have not read:
For god and Kaiser  by Rick Basset on the KUK armee
The Hapsburg Empire Pieter Judson
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 12, 2017, 08:44:24 PM
the ww1ha.org has a presentation on "the Forgotten Realm on the Eve of the Great war Austria-Hungary July 1914"
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 20, 2018, 02:31:53 PM
more books
A Heart for Europe James & Joanna Bogle A nice bio of Karl and Zita
The Last Habsburg and The last Empress both by Gordon Brook-Shepard nice bio of of Karl and Zita respecitivly

Vienna and the Fall of the  Habsburg Empire by Maureen Healy a very good account of the Austro-Hungarian home front during WW I mainly Vienna and how the break down on the home front led to the fall of the Habsburg Empire
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on July 11, 2018, 08:07:52 AM
"The Resurrection and Collapse of Empire in Habsburg Serbia 1914-1918" John Gunz A fine book on the Austrian occupation of Serbia in WW I
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on July 28, 2018, 08:28:48 AM
books:
Beyond Nationalism A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer Corps 1848-1918 by Istvan Deak a fine book on the subject

In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin memoirs of the Austrian Foreign Minister 1916-18 online archive.org

youtube presentation
Professor Alexander Watson inaugural lecture 2018: The Fortress The Dawn of Total War in East-Central Europe 1914-1915 deals with the Siege of Przemysl. The sound was poor bgut I believe the speaker has a book of the same title on the way
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on May 25, 2019, 07:57:51 PM
on youtube:
drachinifel has the following on the KUK navy:
The Battle of Lissa Special (where the Austrians defeated the inept Italians)
Telethoff class battleships
Radetzky class battleships
Title: Re: Books on the Habsburgs
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 28, 2019, 08:30:13 AM
Drachinifel has a posting on the river monitor SMS Leitha built in 1872 and now restored as a museum ship in Budapest