Sisi: Empress on her Own
Book Review - Sisi: Empress on her Own by Allison Pataki
I first heard about this book when the author spoke at the University Club of Chicago last week. I was hoping to have finished the book prior to her talk...but that didn't happen. I knew surprisingly little about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, but she has a fascinating story! Empress Elisabeth (fondly known as Sisi) was born in Munich, the Kingdom of Bavaria. She married Franz Joseph I, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, in 1854. She was often at odds with her mother-in-law who adhered to strict rules of proper court behavior. Sisi was known for her beauty and keen sense of fashion. But she also endured quite a bit of tragedy during her lifetime.
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The book is really well written, thoroughly researched, and I was drawn into the story immediately - now I'm reading and researching more about her family because I'm totally fascinated by it all!
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