The Assassination of the Archduke

The Assassination of the Archduke

Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World

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Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I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

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781250000163
Branch Call Number: 943. 6044 FRA K
Characteristics: xlii, 384 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits, genealogical tables
Additional Contributors: Woolmans, Sue - Author

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Phil_R Feb 26, 2017

In terms of historically significant assassinations, it doesn't get much bigger than the spark that started World War One.


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MGallagher
Jun 22, 2017

This book is extremely interesting and well written. I had never read a biography of Franz Ferdinand before and, I'm sure, this one has to be one of the best. The events were so sad for their three children who had an awfully difficult life after their parents' murder. I highly recommend this book.

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