The Accidental Empress
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A New York Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress is the “captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told” (Kathleen Grissom).love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.
Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.
Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.
With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers “another absolutely compelling story” (Mary Higgins Clark) with this glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”
LOVED The Accidental Empress! Allison Pataki gives a voice to the fascinating women behind history's great events. Sisi and Franz Joseph have a complicated and influential love story that turn the tides in Europe. Made me begin research on my own family's Hungarian roots! Another page-turner from Allison.
Yay Sisi !
A quick and engaging read, well developed stories and characters. I loved learning about the daily life then. Historically very accurate and enlightening. Makes me think about our lives today on different levels. I wish the words were more beautifully crafted.
The accidental empress is one of the most amazing books I've read in a long time. Sisi is so inspiring, loved it and wished it never had to end!