THE HABSBURGS by Dorothy Gies McGuigan


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The Austrian Royal Family, right from its thirteenth century beginnings with Count Rudolf of Habsburg, had all the extremes that make for interesting royal family history--madness, badness and tragic sadness. The author goes into the personal lives of the sovereigns in each succession, their romantic attachments and marital arrangements. It came to be a superlatively stuffy court and in its final days under Franz Josef, the noble but dullish paterfamilias, the author's journalistic record of his neurasthenic queen, his suicidal son and his plumply, pleasantly peasanty mistress makes for familiar, faded but still faintly stirring royal scandal.

Pub Date: July 22nd, 1966
Publisher: Doubleday