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SIN FILTRO Y SIN ALCOHOL dIfe even though heisplayed the same sensitive high strung temperament as she and would most likely have benefited from a closer relationship Sisi also refused to intervene in Rudolf s marriage to Princess Stephanie of Belgium vowing to be unlike her interfering mother in law Princess Sophie even though she knew the marriage would create only unhappiness on both sides And Sisi never seemed interested in regaining a relationship with her eldest His Abused Mate daughter Gisela for what reason as Pataki states we can t know but that lack of interest simply adds to the frustration we feel toward SisiOne of the interesting aspects of the book was watching theescent into madness through Sisi s eyes of King Ludwig of Bavaria Sisi s cousin Ludwig was yet another tortured soul much like Sisi who threw his country into bankruptcy with his reckless building projects which were undeniably magnificent like the remote mountain castle Neuschwanstein but just as undeniably frivolous and into scandal with his strangely intimate relationship with the composer Richard Wagner There is a reason Sisi and King Ludwig II are referred to as the Fairy ueen and the Fairy Tale King as they both seemed to be slightly not uite of this world as if they were perhaps changelings left in place of their mundane copies After Ludwig s sudden mysterious Distributed Systems death in 1886 Sisi s life seemed to become one long string of tragedies her fatheried in 1888 her son Rudolf Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century. died in 1889 in the scandalous murder suicide with his lover Mary Vetsera which became known as the Mayerling Incident after the hunting lodge where they wereiscovered her sister Glitterwings Academy: Midnight Feast No. 2 died in 1890 along with Sisi s close friend and rud lover Count Andrassy and her motheried in 1892 Is it any wonder that after Rudolf s Counter Discourse in African Literature death it was rud that Sisiressed in black for the remainder of her lifePataki s writing is rich Stoan (Mated to the Alien, dramatic lush confident and an utter joy to read As another reviewer pointed out one finishes this book with a great many What if scenarios running through one s head a great many uestions and a near sadness over the choices made by and made for Empress Elisabeth of Austria Sisi Empress on Her Own is a book that leaves you wondering pondering and wanting to know and that is the sign of a well written well researched well structured book Just for comparison Philippa Gregory s books simply leave me wondering how the hell she got published in the first place so putting her and Pataki together in the same league is a head scratcher for me During the time period this novel covers Empress Elisabeth of Austria may have been fascinating but sheid not evoke sympathy During the time period the first novel The Accidental Empress covered Sisi was a young naive girl who had spent a carefree unstructured unrestrained childhood and then was put in a Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious-Political Activism in the U. 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Catholic Church difficult situation not of her choosing She was not the first or the last to marry into aifficult or challenging royal situation The way a person meets their challenges shows their true character Sisi chose to literally run away from her challenges involving the royal court her marriage and her two elder children Sisi fled from her husband and children as well as her Double Action Deputy (Cardwell Ranch: Montana Legacy Book 4) duties at court by freuent traveling Because of the nature of the historical Sisi sheoes not make a sympathetic character in this novel at all Instead she is selfish and self centered and that is the major problem with this novel I simply can t find anything to like about herThe first half of the novel was OK but somewhere near the middle it started to really The Alien Corn (The Canadians drag I ve been to all the Habsburg sites in Vienna but I would have appreciatedescription as Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick Academia Nuts do in their medieval works Those authors make readers feels as if they are there with the characters There was too much wonderings of Sisi with too many rhetorical uestions pages and pages of wonderings and too much about riding horses and Bay Middleton so I started to skim There were too many errors with facts that could have been easily checked so I started to ask myself if I could trust any facts at all Yes it is historical fiction and I will give historical fiction writers some artistic license but Io expect some things to be factual The following are just several of the things I have issues with I am a ueen Victoria and family buff and the factual errors about her children African Literature drove me bonkers1 When she visited the World s Fair in Vienna in 1873 Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia the eldest child of ueen Victoria was not a young princess or living in her new home Berlin So very wrong and so easy to check facts Crown Princess Victoria was born in 1840 she was 33 when she visited Vienna and was only three years younger than Sisi born in 1837 she was 36 at the time of the World s Fair Victoria married in 1858 had lived in Berlin for 15 years and was the mother of eight children by the time of the Vienna visit2 Edward was closer in age to Rudolf than Frederick had been insinuating Albert Edward not Edward see 3 and Rudolf would have in common OK but Albert Edward was still 17 years older than Rudolf They were hardly contemporaries Rudolf was a 15 year old and Albert Edward was a 32 year old married man with five children Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia was born in 1831 Albert Edward Prince of Wales was born in 1841 Crown Prince Rudolf was born in 1858 3 ueen Victoria s eldest son and heir would never have been called Prince Edward His name was Albert Edward and his title was Prince of Wales not Crown Prince He would have been called The Prince of Wales or if using Prince Prince Albert Edward He was called Bertie in the family He used his second name when he became king reigning as King Edward VII but he was still called Bertie in the family He chose to reign as Edward his mother wanted him to reign as Albert Edward so as not toiminish the status of his father s name4 Rudolf bought Mayerling in 1886 and converted it into a hunting lodge Previously it was a possession of the nearby Heiligenkreuz Abbey for over 300 years and was not a Habsburg royal hunting lodge as stated at the time Sisi rode to it in the novel I also History of the Niagara Falls Power Company, 1886 1918, Vol 2 of 2: Evolution of Its Central Power Station and Alternating Current System; Construction and Operation doubt Sisi would have been allowed to ride the 25 or so miles from Vienna to Mayerling alone and in the winter and the 25 miles is using today s roads I veriven from Vienna to Mayerling which is literally in the middle of nowhere Once we got off the highway it was all country roads It took about 1 12 hours to Afghani and 'AbduhAn Essay on Religious Unbelief and Political Activism in Modern Islam drive there Sisi would have been riding 50 or so miles back and forth from Vienna and Mayerling in oneay in winter conditions probably unlikely in reality5 It s stated that Rudolf could not marry any of ueen Victoria s Rehab Doesnt Work - Ibogaine Does daughters because they were Church of England In 1881 when Rudolf married all theaughters but one the youngest Beatrice had been married for years Beatrice was born in 1857 her sisters were much older born 1840 1848 Yes make the case that there were not a lot of Catholic princesses but not that ueen Victoria s aughters could have been major prospects if only they were Catholics6 the young German emperor younger than Rudolf will expect to be honored as an old friend Kaiser Wilhelm II was only five months than Rudolf which is and yes Wilhelm would expect to be which is insignificant and yes Wilhelm would expect to be as a friend as Austria and Germany had a treaty Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced reading copy of this novelThis was a wonderfully written novel that I enjoyed immensely After reading The Accidental Empress I was pleasantly surprised to iscover there was a seuel as I was eager to learn about Empress Sisi of Austria HungaryThis novel begins where the last novel left us and therefore I strongly recommend reading them in order I enjoyed this novel even than I Unfinished Puzzle did the first one as I found it to be educational about who Sisi was as a person and how sheealt with the issues in her lifeSisi is a much stronger independent woman in this novel and I was intrigued to learn how she was able to cope with the rigid structure of being a Hapsburg and all that it entailed She struck me as a true free spirit a Fairy ueen as she was named by her people and therefore she ran away from the Hapsburg court as often as she couldI o not use the term ran away lightly There were many things "That I Felt Sisi Was Running Away "I felt Sisi was running away to name a few the slander about her in the press the tension between her husband and her son even the prospect of too many Imperial functions would cause her to flee at times If you read this novel by itself I could see how it may cause you to view Sisi as selfish and irresponsible however if read after The Accidental Empress it becomes evident that Sisi HAS to take a step back from these things for her own well being of body and mind This is a woman with a much better handle on herself and her emotions than the Sisi of the first novel I really enjoyed seeing this change in her and therefore found myself rooted firmly in her camp when it came to the backlash surrounding her urge to flee the courtYet this is not to say that I agreed with every ecision she made Her avoidance of her son s issues in particular was The Mystery of Risk disturbing to me The author voices this same concern in her author s note The author muses upon whether or not the lack of control Sisi had in her children s upbringing led to thisistancing of herself from them later in life Another thought is that she was reluctant to exert any kind of influence or control in fear of being too much like her mother in law Archduchess Sophie who strove to control the Imperial Family s every move It was upsetting to read of the Alchemy Arts deteriorating relationship between Crown Prince Rudolf and his parents I couldn t help but wonder if the fate of the Austrian Hungarian Empire would have beenifferent if their relationship had not become so strained I was amazed by some of the events that transpired in the family As the author states in her author s note one cannot make this stuff up A particularly fascinating figure that appeared in this novel was Sisi s cousin King Ludwig II of Bavaria Mad King Ludwig is most famously known for his creation of Neuschwanstein the extraordinary fairy tale castle set amongst the mountains of Western Bavaria Ludwig was an eccentric recluse who became the patron of the composer Richard Wagner He bankrupted himself through his building work and his patronage of Wagner causing serious iscontentment in the Bavarian government Although it was mostly through letters written between him and Sisi the author still managed to create a vivid character in Ludwig that I greatly enjoyed reading about I adored the escriptions of Neuschwanstein that were shown to us through Sisi s eyes and I found myself staring at photographs of the castle in wonder Ludwig s story is a sad one but his legacy of Neuschwanstein is awe inspiring all the sameOverall I really enjoyed this novel and I was able to get a good sense of who Empress Sisi actually was Her life story is very interesting and there are many things that are curious enough to give me pause for thought I ve found myself pondering many what ifs after finishing this novel and this is truly a sign of a good read one that stays with me for a long time afterwards I am very glad to have read this pair of absorbing intriguing and well written novels. E rich romantic and volatile time period marked by pivotal events such as the opening of the Suez Canal Vienna’s World Exhibition and the lead up to WWI Sisi the beloved “Fairy ueen” won hearts and broke hearts fighting battles both epic and poignantly intimate as a woman well ahead of her time uring a true Golden Age in European histo.

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Sisi Empress on Her OwnFind this and other reviews at NOTE This review contains spoilers Please take heed and proceed at your own risk I love the Hapsburgs Their history fascinates me and I was understandably intrigued when I learned that Allison Pataki had chosen to feature Empress Elisabeth as a fictional heroine I was overjoyed to get an ARC of The Accidental Empress but the reality of the novel idn t live up to my expectations That said my two year experience with the first book proved I was too addicted to the subject matter to walk away from the series and challenged me to approach the seuel Sisi Empress on Her Own with a open mind Resolved to give the author the benefit of the Therapy of Love doubt I jumped straight into the latter andid my best to remain objective Did the effort pay off Sort of The novel incorporated a number of references and I enjoyed the game I made of picking out historically relevant cameos but I fell into old habits and uickly found myself wrestling to rectify the fiction against my own inner Connecting in College dialogue and understanding of the royal family Fair warning folks what follows is a soapbox series of complaints by an exceedingly nitpicky reader I m bias and make no apologies for it but please keep in mind my enthusiasm relates to my passion for the material and is not necessarily even keeled Spoilers abound in the following paragraphs Consider yourself warnedI feel the strongest moments of the narrative were the scenes relayed from Luigi s point of view but I am frustrated to report that these passages couldn t have played out as presented in the book Pataki s illustration of Sisi s assassination includes an evening of premeditation that contradicts the timeline Luigi s intended target was Philippe Duke of Orleans but a change of plans meant the Duke was elsewhere Frustrated Luigi looked for a new mark and settled on Sisi after finding her name in the local paper The paper was published on September 10th the sameay Sisi was assassinated which means Luigi could not have meditated on her Feminism and the Women's Movement Dynamics of Change in Social Movement Ideology and Activism Perspectives on Gender death the night before and while that observation means little in the grand scheme of things I couldn t help feeling theramatic shift in context minimized the tragedy of the Empress BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) death She was selected as a target only hours before the attack which made it a crime of opportunity and I am not comfortable with the liberty taken in white washing that fact as it gave Sisi s assassin far credit than he isueI also struggled with the lack of complexity between Elisabeth and Franz Pataki s interpretation is very black and white but I have reason to believe the marriage was in fact much complicated In a letter to his mistress Franz Joseph wrote the following We are uite well physically The Empress has taken up her lessons again and she The Passport That Does Not Pass Ports devotes herself to the study of modern Greek with her usual zeal in her room and in her walks in the garden It is a necessaryistraction for her and Valerie reads to her in the evenings before we retire while I fall off to sleep in a very comfortable reclining chair Otherwise the Empress is composed and occupied only with her concern for my welfare and for cheering me but still I notice how utterly the The Arcav Princes Captive (Arcav Alien Invasion, deep secret grief fills her She is a great rare woman Their history is convoluted and while their unionid not have the hallmarks of a passionate romance the Emperor s correspondence appears to indicate that Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges Feminist Values and Social Activism 1875 1915 despite theirifficulties the two were companionable warm and mutually supportive of one another Those familiar with my comments on Daisy Goodwin s The Fortune Hunter understand that I was a not a fan of the novel The idea of Sisi teachers Manual African American Literature doning her famed star jewels for an informal evening tryst in the stables of an English country estate still makes me laugh but the fact remains that Goodwin spent a lot of time researching Sisi s beauty regime and theetails she worked into her novel earned her a Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World degree of admiration from yours truly Details on Goodwin s firsthand research can be found here Pataki by contrast makes no mention of Sisi s extremeedication to her physical appearance and I couldn t help asking myself why Sisi s features and fashion choices made her a legend in her own lifetime and I found it ifficult to understand how such an intense routine could be so completely omitted from a story centered it ifficult to understand how such an intense routine could be so completely omitted from a story centered the most beautiful woman in the world especially when said rituals are referenced in the historic notes at the end of the novel in uestionMayerling makes its first appearance as the setting for a meeting between Elisabeth and Andrassy just after the World Fair in 1873 Pataki paints it as a royal property but here again I found myself nitpicking The notorious locale was acuired by Rudolf in 1887 from the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz which had owned it since 1550 This understanding being firmly rooted in my mind I couldn t see the fictional scene as plausible and conseuently assume it was invented to Big Book of AA All 12 Steps Understand and Complete One Step At A Time in Recovery with Alcoholics Anonymous 12 of 12 Books draw a tragic parallel between mother and son I ll grant it s a creative idea but I personally found itistasteful After the incident Franz Joseph ordered the property be converted to a convent and the Empress commissioned a striking and oddly prophetic Madonna for the chapel In my eyes the existence of this memorial is evidence of the New Writing, New Approaches (African Literature Today, Vol. 12) deep and unrelenting pain Sisi associated with Mayerling and Ion t think the fiction recognizes those emotionsPolitically speaking Sisi character shows significant inconsistencies There are Culture and Development in Africa (Comparative Studies in African/Caribbean Literature Series) discussions with Franz Andrassy Ludwig that show her as possessing a greateal of political acumen I personally agreed with this interpretation but my opinion on that point is entirely irrelevant I The Alien Huntress Series Alien Huntress d have been just as happy if Sisi had been painted as an independent self indulgent social butterfly but the fact that she flits back and forth between the two wasifficult to swallow Sisi couldn t have been fiercely passionate about her role as Empress and repelled by execution of her imperial Activism and the American Novel duties at the same time and as a reader I found the inherent contradictionisorientingI understand Sisi to have been a complicated and Agriculture at a Glance Revised Edition deeply troubled soul with a host of personalemons but Pataki s Sisi was largely preoccupied with and A Love No Less Two Centuries of African American Love Letters defined by her love life I struggled with that but at the end of theay I Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (Historical Studies of Urban America) don t hold it against the author Pataki s understandingiffers from my own but I The Arcav Kings Mate (Arcav Alien Invasion d vowed to let go of my own preconceptions and at least try appreciate the character as Pataki envisioned her I made a point of examining the contrasts Pataki created in Sisi s relationships with Franz Andrassy and Bay and ultimately appreciated those themes a greateal On a similar note I was also The Billionaires Arranged Baby 3 deeply impressed with Pataki s illustration of the Emperor s relationship with Katharina SchrattChapter Fifteen was not my favorite as it omits much and peddles a number of anachronisms but this review is long enough and I think I ve illustrated my feelings well enough When all is said andone Sisi Empress on Her Own is stronger than its predecessor and I m glad to have read it but that said I found the completed work both unconvincing and inconsistent and would have ifficulty recommending it forward This is the story of Sisi Empress Elisabeth of Austro Hungarian Empire unhappily married to Emperor Franz Joseph in the mid nineteenth century She looks for happiness in the arms of Hungarian statesman Count Andrassy as they share unhappy marriages Later in the arms of Captain Bay Middleton as they share passion for horses when she arrives for the legendary hunting season in EnglandThe book starts with Sisi ebating why twilight looks Alien different in Hungary than in Austriaue to her unhappiness and that goes for about two pages You have to like this kind of writing to be able to go through with this book If you liked part I The Accidental Empress then you probably will like this book If you 10 Essential Survivor Secrets to Liberate Yourself from Narcissistic Abuse didn t then Ioubt you will like itSisi in her childhood enjoyed informal and unstructured upbringing Therefore she had Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) difficulty adapting to the life at Hofburg Palace and its rigid protocols and strict etiuette Her children except the youngest one were snatched from her by her mother in law Princess Sophie She suffered greatly because of that Unfortunately the way the story is presented in this book is not gratifying for Sisi She is not a likeable character She is full of self pity We all should feel very sorry for her What she cares most about is her loverOverall the writing is poor with vainescriptions not reflecting a skillful story telling The author lists the rigid rules of Habsburg s court as they came up with the court rules and no other court had any of them In terms of historical figures I am not a fan of Sisi However the author Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused doesn to her justice with this story The Accidental Empress was a book that really captivated me Partly because of the author s writing style but mostly because while I knew a smidgen about Empress Elisabeth of the Hapsburgs I idn t know much so I was eager to get her storySisi Empress on Her Own takes up where The Accidental Empress left eager to get her storySisi Empress on Her Own takes up where The Accidental Empress left and follows the middle and later years of Sisi s life which also happens to coincide with the latter years of the Austrian Empire of the Hapsburgs I appreciate how the author paid attention to historical etail even while she Coming Out of Communism didn t bury the story in minutiae There is so much here that I feel too what she Ways of Knowing About Birth did in auology was to pick and choose what to include that would further her story of Sisi along I say it that way on purpose because I m pretty sure that as it is with any historical figure written about in a fiction story its a take on that person and not a biographyIn the first book I had a great sympathy for Sisi and was rooting for her to come into her own This book struck me rather HeroAca differently While this is the story of the Empress who broke away from the court and was allowed to live her own life I was constantly struck by a person who was extremely self absorbed The Sisi of this story lived her own life on her own terms and refused to give attention to heruty at least not for very long as Empress and wife and mother She kept falling for men three of them whose uty took them elsewhere but she couldn t see why this had to be This woman "was a runner constantly running away from anything "a runner Constantly running away from anything cut up her peace and then once she got where she was going she wasn t satisfied there either The most beautiful woman in the world an Empress treated well by her husband as state marriages go and she shuns it all only to sit there wondering why her people rip her to shreds in the newpapers and why her own children want nothing to o with her I think this portrayed the humanity in her and her flaws mingled with her strengths rather wellSo while I enjoyed learning about Sisi the Empress and her personal life I think the biggest enjoyment from this book was the overall history of the times and the colorful people Sisi encountered I got emotional near the end because I was attached as Sisi was to many of these people And yes it is so sad to think how she met her BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) deathAll in all I m glad to have gotten this second half of her story Iefinitely want to read about the key figures in this story including Sisi and I like the author s writing so I want to get of her work tooI received this book from Penguin Random House in exchange In bestselling author Allison Pataki’s highly anticipated new novel Sisi Empress on Her Own the tantalizing story behind one of history’s unsung leading ladies the Habsburg Empress Elizabeth “Sisi” is revealedIn imperial Vienna where the court halls buzzed with waltzes and champagne as well as temptation rivals and cutthroat intrigue. Or an honest review I received a copy of Sisi Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki through NetGalley Thank you to NetGalley Random House Publishing and to Allison Pataki for the opportunityDraw back the lush velvet Algorithm Of Future draperies of the Habsburg Dynasty and you will stare into the soleful eyes of a young woman ill prepared for the royal life unveiled to her Sisi is but sixteen years old when she becomes the bride of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria Hungary She has taken residence at Godollo a palatial country estate outside of Budapest in 1868Allison Pataki takes special care in herepiction of Sisi She has absolutely armed herself with indepth research for the time period and for the historical facts surrounding the Habsburg Dynasty Her writing is rich with The Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism Project Censored Open Media Pamphlet Series 8 details and her portrayal of Sisi is uite an undertaking Ms Pataki adheres to an abundance of background information and historical logistics that at times can bogown the storyline much to the chagrin of the readerSisi is hardly a linear character She is a complicated multi faceted reactionary to her previous upbringing and to her royal set of circumstances Sisi finds herself at the receiving end of those who outrank out number and out manuever her The young empress is at the mercy of an extremely judgmental In My Shoes disapproving court Her own mother in law Archduchess Sophie has an iron will and has taken over the role of raising Sisi s own children My sympathy for Sisi was short lived Her son Crown Prince Rudolf was subjected to extremely harsh and abusive conditions in his early preparations for royal life We understand that this was the reality of the times However we also understand that Sisi s intervention was weak at best She became all but a phantom of a mother in regard to her children Some circumstances were beyond her control and some circumstances wereue to the lack of assertiveness on her part Royalty at times relinuished parental rights and all suffered greatly because of itSisi was obsessed with her beauty and with her hour upon hour of regiments to uphold a flawless facade Lacking control in her public life was a causal factor for Sisi to be engulfed in her own personal pleasures of horseback riding the royal court and pursuit of Count Andrassy the Prime Minister Custom order and tradition were the ways of imperial protocol and Sisi was totally immersedSisi found a bit of refuge in her cousin King Ludwig of Bavaria who lived in a remote mountain castle of Neuschwanstein However Luddie was not the most stable of characters Sisi became crushed under the weight of tragedies Her father BWWM (An African American Romance) (BWWM Paranormal Scifi Romance) died in 1888 her son Rudolf in 1889 her sister in 1890 and both her mother and her lover Count Andrassyied in 1892 Royalty Loosening the Grip does not prepare you nor is it inclined to insulate you for theevastations of life Sisi was weighed Graph Drawing: Algorithms for the Visualization of Graphs down in life by than the carat weight of her crown No cluster of precious pearls nor richness of rubies could ever replace the jewel that Sisi sought to possesstrue motherhood in its finest array What I m enjoying about this second book about the Empress Elizabeth is theeliberate placement in history her story takes King Ludwig Prince Frederick and Princess Victoria Esterhazy Lord Spencer Tsar Alexander are all in the storyline and Jack the Ripper as well as Sigmund Freud were mentionedSisi was married to Franz Joseph BISEXUAL NEIGHBOR during the golden age of the Austrian Hungary empire In book two Sisi continues her personal practical exile from court this time visiting the fox hunting manors of the English countryside and where she meets one of the loves of her life Bay Middleton Throughout the book we read vignettes from a peasant with aeath wish named Luigi His importance to the life of Empress Elisabeth was completely unknown to me Part of me wishes I had been kept in the Igniting the Internet dark til the end The two tragedies she faces are theeposition of her cousin the Mad King Ludwig and the combustion of her son Rudolf Nothing like his father and tortured by his tutors as a child he grows to be an alcoholic Breaking and Entering The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called Alien drug user philanderer and sadist His legend his well known to historyThe grief Franz Joseph faces at the end of the book broke my heart The author s expressiveness in the last few chapters is put to good use There is so much sadness andeath I truly felt it and even thought about copying a couple of paragraphs to keep in my journal Then I remembered I Boku no Hero Academia dj - ハッピーハッピーバーストデー [Happy Happy Birthday] don t have one Hmmmm This is a wonderful story Allisonoes a great job of bringing these historical figures to life I found it so interesting that I started Googling the Save Me, Im Yours different people to see what they looked like and to read about them I felt sorry for Sisi because she thought she had true love with Franz but like history the Emperor can have a mistress but the Empress can t have one Sisi fell in love with a couple men who could never be with her romantically Iidn t know there was an Emperor in the late 1800 s like them who ruled several countries This was well worth my time I Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change do recommend reading Accidental Empress first You will not beisappointedI won this on Goodreads Edit April 4415A lot of you lovely commentators have been asking me for recommendations for Sisi books I actually enjoyed I m happy to very highly recommend a book I ve finally finally managed to review called Stealing Sisi s Star How a Master Thief Nearly Got Away with Austria s Most Famous Jewel by the very talented Jennifer Bahaney who you may recognize from her helpful comments in this review when she kindly corrected all the stuff I got wrong about the real empress She very kindly offered me a copy of her book and I m very pleased to recommend it to all of you I was seriously amazed I Womens Energetics d never even heard this crazy story before some of it is honestly too crazy by crappy Hollywood B movie standards but apparently it all really happened Check it out Yes its a shamelessly fawning review but I swear weo not know each other are neither related married or the same personFrom the Journal of Her Highness Empress Elisabeth of Austria ueen of Hungary and ueen Consort of Bohemia and Croatia Dear DiaryOMG being empress is like so totally hard Everyone keeps expecting me to Wake Up Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal do stuff like rule and pay attention to my kids and all I want too is go horseback riding I love horses They re so pretty and they run so fast and I m such a totally kickass rider Vienna so totally sucks anyway Franz keeps insisting I go to all these state functions He s all worried about some stupid impending world war and government stuff I totally took care of that whole Hungarian thing already What else Mated To The Alien Beast (Fated Mates of Adonia, does he want me tooDear DiaryI went riding today I m of that whole Hungarian thing already What else Cheering On Her Quarterback Daddy (Pseudo-Incest African-American Erotic Romance) (Pseudo-Incest African-American Erotic Romance) (Daddys Willing Sex Slave Book 2) does he want me tooDear DiaryI went riding today I m at ridingDear DiaryI love Hungary I m never leaving No one understands when I try to explain how the twilight is Not to People Like Us Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages different here than anywhere else Its like they think that s just some stupid faux poetic bullshit thatoesn t actually mean anything and is totally pretentious but kind of sounds like what someone Objective Agricultural Extension deeply romantic and amazing would sayDear DiaryI went riding today I m awesome at ridingDear DiaryI went riding today I m awesome at ridingthe above entry subseuently appears everyday for the next ten yearsDear DiaryThe kids will NOT listen to me AT all No one understands why I won t like help them with their problems since I whined so much in my last book about how much I wanted to take care of them Don t they know its my evilying mother in laws fault Its aaaallllwwwaayyyssss her faultsigh Andrassay s so hotDear DiaryI love AndrassayyyyyyyyyDear DiaryAndrassay is so mean He won t help me get Italy back for my sister He s just like Franz He Black Jews in Africa and the Americas doesn t even want me to go on my two year long vacations anyDear DiaryI think Rudolph is a serial killer I m almost positive that in years to come this will literally never be a thing anyone suggests about him but my editor says peopleon t want to "READ SO MANY CHAPTERS ABOUT HORSE "so many chapters about horse riding and my love life so we re throwing this in to help salesDear DiaryI love England I m gonna stay here FOREVER Yay horsies ueen Victoria whoDear DiaryBay is so totally hawt I love BayDear DiaryBooo ViennaRudolph s getting married to a really ugly princess I wish I could advise him about this but that would mean talking I could advise him about this but that would mean talking him and I How To Draw My Hero Academia don t want too that Huh my Climate Change Mitigation and Agriculture daughter got married Nobody told me Wow I have a grandaughter I m too young to be a grandmother WWWWWAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH Oh look a horseyDear DiaryI love Bay sooooo muchthe rest of the journal is filled with repeated references to horseback riding how much the empress hates everything that isn t riding and probably references to a bunch hawt guys because I am giving up on this horrible boring book and simplyo not care anyFinal EntryDear DiarySome weirdo just poked me with a stick I wonder how my horsies are Is that blood 45 starsAs we learned in The Accidental Empress which one must really read in order to understand Sisi s motivations and emotional handicaps and not ignorantly write her off simply as a spoiled horse lover Elisabeth was not born to the position of Empress Her childhood was unbelievably free and unstructured her parents allowed her and her siblings to run wild literally through the Bavarian countryside She never had to Contra Academicos deal with convoluted and constricting rules of etiuette procedures whichictated her every move from the moment she woke to the moment she went to sleep So when she married Franz Joseph and became Empress and found herself trapped by this system of stultifying rules some of which were so ridiculous as to be unbelievable there was a top secret Imperial Fold of the napkin people that was a guarded state secret passed BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 70 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 70: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) down orally to only a few living people at a time that s the kind ofetail oriented anal retentive system we re talking about her response was to run away So that s what she Sex Work Activism in Canada did through most of her career as Empress And when she couldn t run away she learned to control those few things which hadn t been stripped away from her her toilette andress her exercise regimen her BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) diet and her corset all of which became near obsessive rituals as the years went on creating a woman who was statue than human But a beautiful statute nonetheless one that became a favorite of newspapers and photographers whoocumented her every look and action turning her into a fashion icon and her style into the aspiration of thousands of womenIn Sisi Empress on Her Own we see a woman who has lost some of the fragility of the earlier novel who has grown strong from her success in helping creating the Austro Hungrarian An Alien To Die For (Zerconian Warriors dual monarchy who has found fulfillment in raising her third and final child far away from the stifling Hapsburg court a child she s almost smothered with her thwarted maternal feelings And yet this is still a woman who can t figure out how to have a relationship with her two older children who can t figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of the Hapsburg s Hofburg Palace without courting controversy or comment who still hasn t yet come to grips with the enormity of her role as Empress Pataki brings Sisi to life in all her heartbreaking confounding frustrating glory in a portrayal that s both sympathetic and unflinching in showing Sisi s flaws After all as Pataki says in her author s note Sisi inexplicably stayed out of her son s Crown Prince Rudolf s The intensely personal tale of Empress Sisi unraveled The Princess Diana of her time Sisi was famously beautiful a mother of four and the wife of the world’s most powerful emperor Franz Joseph whom she unintentionally stole away from her sister making her reign anything but simple Against the glittering backdrop of the Habsburg Court and th.