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The Habsburgs / Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« 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.

Having Fun! / Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:28:52 PM »
I watched the miniseries last week. I liked it, although it didn't seem to realistic. I loved the actress chosen to play Sissi because she had the right looks. Klaus-Maria Brandaouer portrays a different Franz-Josef: I love the actor, but I am not sure that he had the right looks for that role. Rudolph was portrayed as a romantic, idealist young man: that is correct, to a point, though. I didn't like the way Stephanie was shown: is it that bad to want to be responsible and assume all the responsibilities coming with being royalty? Looks that her assuming her role as future Empress got her estranged from Rudolph. Strange...

Here is an excerpt from Richard Berkeley's book about Mary Vetsera: She was not a cold-headed and cold-hearted schemer: she was warm-hearted, a little empty-headed perhaps, but she gave him the warmth of a little animal. Like a prisoner, who can lose his heart to a mouse sharing his cell, so Rudolph lost his heart to Mary, who understood nothing of politics and did not care for them, but who knew with the safe instinct of her womanhood that his aching nerves needed peace.
(pp. 208-209)

The Habsburgs / Re: Why do the people love Sissi??????
« on: April 06, 2009, 05:17:32 PM »
But from Madeira, she went to Corfou...

The Habsburgs / Re: Habsburgs and their relationship with Hungary
« on: April 05, 2009, 01:52:59 PM »
You're welcome. French is my first language, and I am a professional translator.

I think that it was schizophrenia. I may be confused but I think that Otto never became King of Bavaria, because of his mental illness. Otto was declared insane before Ludwig became King and, therefore, had no claims to the Bavarian throne.

The Habsburgs / Re: Habsburgs and their relationship with Hungary
« on: April 04, 2009, 03:29:41 PM »
It says that Sissi felt very alone and isolated, especially because her "entourage" was chosen by Archduchess Sophie and consisted of women asked to spy on her and report to Sophie. Sissi got fed up with that and managed to get from Franz-Josef  that she chooses one lady-in-waiting. She chose an Hungarian lady, Ida, who who prove to be a trusted friend to the end.
The other part is about her hairdresser and the special relationship that she had with her, and also the long time that it took to wash Sissi's hair (and the special recipe) and to fix it in the crown of braids that became her trademark.

The Habsburgs / Re: Why do the people love Sissi??????
« on: April 04, 2009, 03:19:32 PM »
Since none of the biographies about Sissi that I have read mentioned as a fact that Franz-Josef infected Sissi with an venereal disease, I suppose that we can only speculate when it happened. I remember one instance when Sissi had left Vienna and her older sister Helene went to visit with her and then met with the Emperor to "negotiate" Sissi's return to Vienna. I could very well suppose that Sissi left Court at that time because of one of Franz-Josef's indiscretions, which could have had resulted in said disease. Some biographers of Franz-Josef deny that he had a venereal disease, while others insist on it, claiming that he had a milder form of syphilis. Considering the prevalence of syphilis in Vienna and Europe at that time, I wouldn't see why Franz-Josef would not have been infected if he wasn't a faithful husband... That being said, I doubt that Sissi's trip to Madeira was meant to cover her being infected with VD. I can't recall the exact nature of her health problems, then, but TB was rumoured.

I find it hard to understand the postings here because I believe that they were machine-translated, and English is not my first language. The translation doesn't read wel at alll. Too bad! And I would assume that Rudolf wasn't born in 1878! ;)

The Habsburgs / Re: Why do the people love Sissi??????
« on: April 01, 2009, 04:52:21 PM »
One can also think that people were and, in some ways, are in love with what she could have been... At first glance, her marriage to Franz-Josef was like a fairy tale, a true love story and a good match. Franz-Josef was dedicated, hard-working. She was beautiful, intelligent and compassionate. In other circumstances, she could have worked to unite the many peoples that constituted the Empire. The Empire was big enough that, instead of traveling the countries outside of Austria-Hungary, she could have spent all this time in "her" countries. She could have been a great Empress if, maybe, she wanted to or if she had been allowed to.

The Habsburgs / Re: Why do the people love Sissi??????
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:15:59 PM »
I think that the myth of Sissi was "resurrected" after WWII, when Austria needed a new image, after being so closely associated with Nazi Germany. The movies were beautiful, and the actress chosen to portray Sissi perfectly cast. Once people get past the idyllic Sissi of the movies, they are fascinated by a woman who is ten times more interesting than the "poor lonely princess" portrayed in the movies. I do not love Elizabeth of Austria, but I am fascinated with the complex and flawed woman that she was.

The Habsburgs / Re: Archduke Albrecht (1817-95), and his family
« on: March 22, 2009, 10:12:12 AM »
Has anyone noticed the error in the subject? I think that the year of her death should be 1867, and not 1967.

Having Fun! / Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« on: January 11, 2009, 10:17:10 AM »
She was 60 years old. I have read in a few biographies that her face was wrinkled prematurely because she was doing lots of outdoors sports without protection. She liked to be tied to ships' masts during storms and walked long hours in all kind of weathers, which didn't help. Also, her strict dieting bordering on anorexia made her face and body swollen with edema, which she fought by... dieting even more fiercely. She wasn't the most reasonable women when it came to her health and looks.

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:10:22 PM »
As to James's assertion, that Franz Joseph was a known rapist, I have never heard or read about that before. I find it very hard to believe. :o

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« on: August 27, 2008, 05:32:41 PM »
About 18 months ago, I think, there was an article published by an international newswire about some objects belonging to Elizabeth being found again, including her cocaine syringe. And in a book written by Jean des Cars about Crown Prince Rudolph, there were excerpts from the Imperial Pharmacy showing prescriptions made to Rudolph for morphine. It is a proven fact that Rudolph was addicted to morphine. And let's not forget that at the beginning of the XXth century, cocaine wasn't an illegal drug and could be found in Coca-Cola (unless that is a urban legend).

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