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Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia

The Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia is one of the more short-lived Kingdoms in history. It was created in 1815 in recognition of Austria’s rights to Lombardy and the former Republic of Venice after the collapse of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. The first King of the newly created Kingdom was Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (later [read more]

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“Sisi” novels to be adapted to TV-series

Allison Pataki’s “Sisi” novels, based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, are set to be adapted into a TV-series by Amy Jenkins, who is also a writer for Netflix’s The Crown. Allison Pataki has written two novels  called “The Accidental Empress” (which I reviewed in 2015) and “Sisi: Empress on Her Own.” The [read more]

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Elisabeth in Bavaria

Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria – Between duty and love

Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria was born on 22 February 1847 at 5.20 in the morning as the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. She would be one of eight (surviving) siblings, and her sisters included Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Helene, Marie Sophie and Mathilde Ludovika. She was their penultimate [read more]