The Emperor & the Actress: The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef & Katharina Schratt

The Emperor & the Actress: The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef & Katharina Schratt Joan Haslip
  • Title: The Emperor & the Actress: The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef & Katharina Schratt
  • Author: Joan Haslip
  • ISBN: 9780385274579
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Emperor & the Actress: The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef & Katharina Schratt Joan Haslip The Emperor the Actress The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef Katharina Schratt She was the darling of the Austrian stage a blond bird of paradise with laughing blue eyes and a little girl s face He was one of the nineteenth century s most influential rulers the last great Haps
    She was the darling of the Austrian stage, a blond bird of paradise with laughing blue eyes and a little girl s face He was one of the nineteenth century s most influential rulers, the last great Hapsburg emperor, who, years later, would plunge the world into war She rose from a broken marriage and financial ruin to become the pampered confidante of Europe s rich andShe was the darling of the Austrian stage, a blond bird of paradise with laughing blue eyes and a little girl s face He was one of the nineteenth century s most influential rulers, the last great Hapsburg emperor, who, years later, would plunge the world into war She rose from a broken marriage and financial ruin to become the pampered confidante of Europe s rich and powerful He grew hopelessly obsessed with this guileless girl from the Vienna woods, and lavished his affection and his wealth on her The Emperor and the Actress is a factualaccount of the relationship between Emperor Franz Josef and Katharina Schratt, a leading lady described by one drama critic as the average man s ideal th seductress and housewife, earthy and sophisticated This is a riveting tale of forbidden love and political intrigue, of madness and murder, of a woman s conquest of her monarch and of the terrible sacrifices both were forced to endure.In following Katharina s progress through the theatres, palaces, and watering spots of Europe, author Joan Haslip provides an engrossing glimpse of daily life off and on the stage and at court She resurrects the forgotten theatrical customs and luminaries of the era And she describes in rich detail the world of princely opulence and sumptuous luxury enjoyed by a privileged few.The Emperor and the Actress is far than just the story of Katharina Schratt the toast of fin de siecle society, the mistress enslaved in golden chains, a friend to Strauss, Mahler, and Brahms It is a study of power the power of beauty, of seduction, of tradition, of wealth, of art, of madness, and of change And it is a haunting portrait of vanished European monarchy, the last gasp of the Hapsburgs, the excesses of absolute rule.
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    About Joan Haslip


    1. Joan Haslip was an author of historical books, often focusing on European royalty She was born in London and educated in London, Paris and Florence Her first book, Out of Focus, appeared in 1931 among her other notable publications are Lady Hester Stanhope 1934 and Parnell 1937 She also wrote for the London Mercury, the Daily Mail and Evening News, and the Illustrated London News.She also worked for the Italian section of the BBC from 1940 to 1944 Her books were generally regarded as accurate and fairly complete although at times falling prey to outdated interpretations.


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    2. Charming and interesting Haslip portrays the long sad but endearing story of the romantic friendship between Emperor Franz Josef and Katharina Schratt, a leading actress in the most prestigious theatre company in Vienna.There were several aspects of this somewhat familiar story that were new to me I had not been aware that the beautiful and doomed Empress Elizabeth was tremendously supportive of her husband s infatuation for Miss Schratt and that the two women formed a friendship based upon thei [...]

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    3. A dignified and detailed biography of a rather interesting woman, who led a long life and knew many powerful people Katharina Schratt had a flourishing career as an actress well before she met Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Empress Elizabeth For many decades she carried on an intimate friendship with the emperor, benevolently overseen and possibly orchestrated by the empress, and was thus a person of interest to foreign diplomats and kings as well as ordinary citizens She outlived her imperi [...]

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    4. Bonehead borderline boring.

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