Author Topic: Books on the Habsburgs  (Read 103664 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Princess of Cupertino

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #45 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.

Offline historylover

  • Boyar
  • **
  • Posts: 170
  • I love YaBB 1G - SP1!
    • View Profile
    • Writer and Editor
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #46 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

Offline Rachael89

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 317
  • As the world falls down....
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #47 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
It's not fair!

Offline dmitri

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 2018
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #48 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.

Offline dmitri

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 2018
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #49 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.

Offline dmitri

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 2018
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #50 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?

Offline Princess Susan

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 395
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #51 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.


Offline Princess Susan

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 395
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #53 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

Offline Silja

  • Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 600
  • I love YaBB 1G - SP1!
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #54 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.

Offline Princess Susan

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 395
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #55 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  :).

Offline Silja

  • Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 600
  • I love YaBB 1G - SP1!
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #56 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.

Offline nom de plume

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 16
  • Dominus providebit
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #57 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
   
"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in....it tells me nothing that does not vex or weary me.  The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing; and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome."

- Jane Austen

Offline newfan

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 291
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #58 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

Offline Princess Susan

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 395
    • View Profile
Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« Reply #59 on: September 08, 2008, 01:52:59 AM »
Is the book in english?