By Alan Palmer
Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Jerusalem, King of Bohemia, King of Dalmatia, King of Transylvania, King of Croatia and Slovenia, King of Galicia and Illyria, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of Salzburg, Duke of Bukovina, Duke of Modena, Parma, and Piacenza and so forth, one other thirty or so titles can be further. was once ever a monarch so festooned as Emperor Francis Joseph? He governed from the 12 months of the Revolutions, 1848 until eventually his dying in 1916. His empire was once the main multi-national kingdom ever. An ethnic map of 1910 exhibits there to be Germans, Magyars, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Ruthenes, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Italians, Jews, Muslims, Ladins (in the Tyrol) and Roumanians. what's extra, even jointly the Germans and the Magyars constituted a minority. And but, as Alan Palmer observes no different ecu monarch 'exercised complete sovereignty for thus long.' in contrast to Queen Victoria he governed instead of purely reigned. That on my own indicates he was once whatever greater than the humourless bureaucrat he's in general concept to were, and Alan Palmer is profitable in delivering a extra rounded and sympathetic portrait of him either as head of an empire and head of a family.
His own lifestyles used to be punctuated with tragedy: his brother, Maximilian used to be done y Mexican republicans; his in simple terms son, Rudolf shot himself and his mistress at Mayerling; his spouse, Empress Elizabeth, used to be stabbed to dying in Geneva, and his nephew and inheritor, Francis-Ferdinand was once assassinated at Sarajevo.
This was once the 1st biography of Francis Joseph through an English author and was once acclaimed whilst initially released in 1994.
'With nice ability Mr Palmer blends within the Emperor's inner most lifestyles with the tale of the Empire. . . this is often an incredible ebook; additionally an entrancing one.' Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph
'A compelling learn' Lawrence James, Evening usual
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