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Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, 1865 By Franz X. Winterhalter

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Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.

Born into Bavarian royalty, Elisabeth (Sisi) enjoyed an informal upbringing, before marrying Franz Joseph when she was 16 years old. The marriage catapulted her into the much more formal Habsburg court life, for which she was ill-prepared and which she found uncongenial. Early in the marriage she was at odds with her mother-in-law, Princess Sophie, who took over the rearing of Elisabeth's daughters, one of whom died in infancy. The birth of a male heir Rudolf improved her standing at court, but her health suffered under the strain, and she would often visit Hungary for its more relaxed environment. She came to develop a deep kinship with Hungary, and helped to bring about the dual monarchy of Austria–Hungary in 1867.

The 1889 death of her only son Rudolf, and his mistress Mary Vetsera, in a murder–suicide tragedy at his hunting lodge at Mayerling, was a shock from which Elisabeth never recovered. She withdrew from court duties and travelled widely, unaccompanied by her family. She was obsessively concerned with maintaining her youthful figure and beauty, this obsession taking the form of, among other things, a requirement that she be sewn into her leather corsets and spending two or three hours a day on her coiffure. While travelling in Geneva in 1898, she was stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist who selected her because he had missed his chance to assassinate Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, and wanted to kill the next member of royalty that he saw. Elisabeth was the longest serving Empress-consort of Austria, at 44 years.

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ladywil2

I just checked out fhe first one...it has English subtitles

ladywil2

Yes I guess so..The movie was of course romanticized...I just looked it up on google and I think there is at least 1 movie on youtube.

jlou

That is a shame, next best choice would be to read a book. Thanks.

ladywil2

That will probably be hard to find. They were originally in German. I have seen them here on French TV, but never in English. I downloaded them few years ago.

jlou

Hello ladywil2, No I have as yet to see those movies, but I would love to. Thanks
for telling me that there were three of them. I will check this out and see if
perhaps they are available at the local public library or if I can rent them.
jlou

ladywil2

Did you ever see the movies about Sissy with Romy Schneider? There were 3. They were in my teenage years...and I loved these movies. I have found them and put them on a DVD.

jlou

You are most welcome, darcy10, come again for another visit,
when you have time. jlou

Thank you for the history lesson and the nice puzzle.

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