Sposa a diciassette anni di Francesco Giuseppe, Elisabetta di Wittelsbach «Sissi» abbandonò le foreste della Baviera per il mondo dorato e soffocante della corte di Vienna. Coraggiosa e fragile, malinconica ed eccentrica, Sissi non volle accettare nessuno dei ruoli che la tradizione e l'ambiente le assegnavano. L'intera sua vita, interrotta nel 1898 dal pugnale di un anarchico, fu un tentativo di sottrarsi al destino di «gabbiano prigioniero del castello», una fuga continua dai rituali e dal formalismo della vita di palazzo. Desiderando essere qualcosa di più della consorte di un imperatore, di affermare in ogni modo la propria individualità, Sissi fece di sé una donna speciale. Amazzone provetta, eccelse nei tornei di caccia; poetessa dilettante lasciò oltre cinquecento pagine di versi; giovane splendida, riuscì a trasformare la propria bellezza in un mito ineguagliabile. Nell'appassionata biografia della Hamann, che ha dedicato a Sissi anche un volume fotografico, rivive una donna di sensibilità e intelligenza straordinarie, una sovrana anomala e sognatrice, condannata a un destino di infelicità.
Con diciotto fotografie fuori testo.
- ISBN: 8850254865
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 416
- Data di uscita: 12-09-2019
“Reluctant” is an understatement. When fifteen-year-old Elisabeth (Sisi) Duchess of Bavaria met her cousin, twenty-three-year-old Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, it was as a younger sister of the woman intended for royal marriage. But as fate would have it, the Emperor wasn’t interested in the old Leggi tutto
this book is about one of the most famous women in the world, empress elizabeth of austria, who at first deeply in love with her husband emperor franz joseph relucntly becomes empress of austria after living a free independant life. her search for meaning to her life, her husband,s infidelities, and Leggi tutto
The best biography of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria that I have so far found, and generally considered to be a definitive work on her. Hamann describes Elisabeth's life from her childhood to her death, and while doing so she definitely breaks away from the romantic fairy-tale images of Elisabeth' Leggi tutto
This was more about Sisi than I liked. The book barely focused on her husband or kids but I guess Sisi barely focused on those as well. This was a bit slow and I gave a single star because this was written in the 80's but the author still refers to Black People as 'negroes' & 'blackamoors' outside of Leggi tutto
While I liked Brigitte Hamann's The Reluctant Empress , I really didn't like Sisi, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. I found her self-absorbed and entitled, unwilling to fulfill any of her assigned roles, whether it be monarch of a country of mother of a family. She flitted from one expensive Leggi tutto
The very first time i read this biography was in french, and it wasn't until recently, and by one of those rare lucky occasions of being in the right place at the right time, that i purchased the english translation that i now read - just for fun...lol. Anyone with a curiosity about Sissi, be it mere Leggi tutto
Das Standardwerk über die legendäre Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich genannt Sissi.....
I visited the Sissi museum in Vienna in December of last year. It was beautiful and enchanting and piqued my enthusiasm of learning more about Elisabeth. I must apologize, if I sound biased and even condescending, but unfortunately most of the books and research one can find about Elisabeth is only
Brigitte Hamann is a renowned historian, all her books are thoroughly researched and written in a style that keeps your attention span. "Elisabeth" gives an in-depth account of the tragic life of the beautiful Austrian Empress. It began with love at first sight, but Elisabeth could not adjust to lif Leggi tutto
Although the subject is, or at least I thought it would be, fascinating, I didn't enjoy this as much as other books by the same author. Curiously, those books I enjoyed so much are about far less sympathetic people: Winifred Wagner, Hitler (!). It *is* no doubt a great read and highly recommended if Leggi tutto
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