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The Assassination of the Archduke

Sarajevo 1914 And The Romance That Changed The World

By Greg King, 1964-

Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I

 

In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its hear was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and a century of conflict.

 

Set against a backdrop of glittering privilege, The Assassination of the Archduke combines royal history, touching romance, and political murder in a moving portrait of the end of an era. One hundred years after the event, it offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations, including Serbian complicity and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence. Events in Sarajevo also doomed the couple’s children to lives of loss, exile, and the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, their plight echoing the horrors unleashed by their parents’ deaths. Challenging a century of myth, The Assassination of the Archduke resonates as a very human story of love destroyed by murder, revolution, and war.


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Format: Book
Author: King, Greg, 1964-
Summary: In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its heart was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and decades of conflict. Challenging a century of myth, this moving portrait of the end of an era also offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations--including Serbian complicity--and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence.--From publisher description.
Title: The assassination of the archduke : Sarajevo 1914 and the romance that changed the world / Greg King and Sue Woolmans.
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, 1863-1914 -- Assassination. Sophie, Archduchess of Austria, 1866-1914. Princes -- Austria -- Biography Princesses -- Austria -- Biography. World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes Austria -- History -- Franz Joseph I, 1848-1916
Isbn: 9781250000163 (hardcover) 1250000165 (hardcover)
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System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: 943.60441 Kin
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Bib Id: 447900

Format: Book
Author: King, Greg, 1964-
Summary: In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its heart was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and decades of conflict. Challenging a century of myth, this moving portrait of the end of an era also offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations--including Serbian complicity--and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence.--From publisher description.
Title: The assassination of the archduke : Sarajevo 1914 and the romance that changed the world / Greg King and Sue Woolmans.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: xxxvii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, 1863-1914 -- Assassination.
Subjects: Sophie, Archduchess of Austria, 1866-1914.
Subjects: Princes -- Austria -- Biography
Subjects: Princesses -- Austria -- Biography.
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes
Subjects: Austria -- History -- Franz Joseph I, 1848-1916
Other Author: Woolmans, Sue.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-365) and index.
Contents: In the shadow of the throne -- Adventure and illness -- Romance -- "A triumph of love" -- "Don't let her think she's one of us!" -- The swirl of gossip -- Attitudes soften -- "Konopischt was home" -- "Even death will not part us!" -- An emperor in training -- Diplomacy and roses -- "I consider war to be lunacy!" -- The fatal invitation -- The plot -- "I'm beginning to fall in love with Bosnia" -- St. Vitus's day -- "The anguish was indescribable" -- United in death -- Headlong toward oblivion -- Ripples from Sarajevo.
LCCN: 2013013949
ISBN: 9781250000163 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1250000165 (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: 943.60441 Kin