Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Jerusalem, King of Bohemia, King of Dalmatia, King of Transylvania, King of Croatia and Slovenia, King of Galicia and Illyria, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of Salzburg, Duke of Bukovina, Duke of Modena, Parma, and Piacenza and so forth, one other thirty or so titles may be extra. was once ever a monarch so festooned as Emperor Francis Joseph? He governed from the 12 months of the Revolutions, 1848 until eventually his dying in 1916. His empire was once the main multi-national nation ever. An ethnic map of 1910 indicates there to be Germans, Magyars, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Ruthenes, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Italians, Jews, Muslims, Ladins (in the Tyrol) and Roumanians. what's extra, even jointly the Germans and the Magyars constituted a minority. And but, as Alan Palmer observes no different ecu monarch 'exercised complete sovereignty for therefore long.' not like Queen Victoria he governed instead of simply reigned. That by myself indicates he used to be whatever greater than the humourless bureaucrat he's quite often concept to were, and Alan Palmer is winning in offering a extra rounded and sympathetic portrait of him either as head of an empire and head of a family.
His own existence used to be punctuated with tragedy: his brother, Maximilian used to be completed y Mexican republicans; his simply son, Rudolf shot himself and his mistress at Mayerling; his spouse, Empress Elizabeth, was once stabbed to dying in Geneva, and his nephew and inheritor, Francis-Ferdinand used to be assassinated at Sarajevo.
This was once the 1st biography of Francis Joseph through an English author and used to be acclaimed whilst initially released in 1994.
'With nice ability Mr Palmer blends within the Emperor's inner most existence with the tale of the Empire. . . this can be a big booklet; additionally an entrancing one.' Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph
'A compelling learn' Lawrence James, Evening commonplace