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Sisi: Empress on Her Own
by Pataki, Allison

ISBN: 9780812989335
PUBLISHER: Random House Trade
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 48
PUBLICATION DATE: 7.02.2017
DIMENSIONS: 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.79 centimetres

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by Allison Pataki. Sisi tells the littleknown story of Empress Elisabeth of AustriaHungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping pageturner.Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabethfondly known as Sisicaptures the hearts of her people as their "fairy queen," but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure. In midnineteenthcentury Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage, Sisi grows restless. A freespirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest. There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from the Hungarian statesman Count Andrassy, the man with whom she's unwittingly fallen in love. But tragic news brings Sisi out of her fragile seclusion, forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows. Through love affairs and loss, dedication and defiance, Sisi struggles against conflicting desires: to keep her family together, or to flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War. In an age of crumbling monarch

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