Franz Joseph and Elisabeth

The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-Hungary

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About the Book

In 1848, an 18-year-old boy assumed the throne of Austria, one of the most powerful countries in Europe. He would be its last significant emperor, the only monarch to serve two countries, and the last cogent head of the prestigious Habsburg dynasty. Emperor Franz Joseph’s reign was marked by revolutions, often fueled by rising liberalism and nationalism, and wars orchestrated by conquering architects such as Napoleon, Metternich, and Bismarck. This book gives attention to these political and cultural events, but it is moreover a biography of Emperor Franz Joseph and his enigmatic wife, Empress Elisabeth.

About the Author(s)

Karen Owens’ professional career spans both therapy and academia as past director of Diagnostic Services, a college professor, and visiting professor in England as lecturer in several universities. She lives in Winter Park, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Karen Owens
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: chronology, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7674-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1216-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

One. The New Emperor and Old Vienna 5

Two. Revolutions 21

Three. Franz Joseph 39

Four. Sisi 56

Five. The Newlyweds 68

Six. The Royal Children 82

Seven. The Royal Mistress 99

Eight. Hungary 116

Nine. Repräsentazions-pflicht: “The duty of keeping up a fine front” 129

Ten. The Fates 141

Eleven. The Aging Emperor 155

Twelve. Into History 166

Appendix A 175

Appendix B 177

Notes 178

References 186

Index 191