Friday, 12 February 2021

Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56.


 

This week's book beginning and page 56 is taken from the biography The Lonely Empress, a biography of Elizabeth of Austria by Joan Haslip. 



Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader

"We were eight children and each one of us had our Christmas tree."



The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice

"She was even prettier than he remembered and in his enthusiasm he wrote off to his mother, 'I can never thank you enough for having laid the foundations of my happiness', adding, 'every day I love Sisi more and more and am more convinced that no one could be better suited to me'. Seen in her own environment, Elizabeth was at her most enchanting, a gay, excited little girl rather than a future Empress, proudly showing him off in front of her brothers and sisters, all of whom, including Helen, gave him a tumultuous welcome. "

How little did they both know what their marriage and lives would be like?  



6 comments:

  1. I love that beginning! Wish we all had our own Christmas tree! :-) Happy Valentine's weekend!

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    1. Yes, wouldn't we all. I think it must have been quite unusual. But, after all, it was an unusual family.

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  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpts you shared! I know so little about Empress Elizabeth. I hope you are enjoying her biography! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you. It was a very interesting read.

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  3. Ooh! The Lonely Empress sounds like a good read! It sounds like a good Valentine's read.

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    1. It was indeed, very interesting. I am not sure it was as romantic as the myth of Sisi.

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