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She was forced at an early age to understand politics,and court life. She was always und "Death by Fame" was really, I thought was a expose on the life of anybody famous. She was always under the microscope of all those around her.


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In short,you really feel sorry for Elisabeth. She didn't deserve the hand life dealt her,nor the death she suffered.

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I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I think that you will really enjoy this book! Mar 02, Angie rated it it was ok. Empress Elisabeth, or Sisi, is a potentially fascinating book character. This book did no justice to her. It was confusing, and followed no timeline or order. The author is blame for my rating, not the subject! This is the only book my library has on her, so I was hoping for so much more.

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I am dying to read a really good biography. I wish one of great goodreads authors would write a historical fiction based on her!

Sep 01, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: europe , royalty , Not what I expected. The writing was boring and focused on boring details instead of her character which I am quite fascinated by. It skipped the exciting bits of her life and it left gaps in the chronology that really made it hard to follow.

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Dec 31, Melissa rated it it was amazing. Fascinating look into the life of Elisabeth of Austria. I have read a lot of books on her, but I thought this one was very well-written and researched. Sep 22, Sanna rated it liked it Shelves: history , sissi.

It was interesting to read a bit more about Elisabeths hunting trips, but other than that this book wasn't as good as other I have read about her. May 06, Kati Polodna rated it it was ok. A bit superficial but informative. Interesting parallels between Sissi and Diana.

Death by Fame: A Life of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria

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Andrew Sinclair. After earning a Ph. His first two novels, written while he was still at Cambridge, were both published in The Breaking of Bumbo based on his own experience in the Coldstream Guards, and later Andrew Sinclair was born in Oxford in and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.

His first two novels, written while he was still at Cambridge, were both published in The Breaking of Bumbo based on his own experience in the Coldstream Guards, and later adapted for a film written and directed by Sinclair and My Friend Judas.

Sinclair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in He lives in London. Books by Andrew Sinclair. Trivia About Death by Fame: A No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Post a Comment. After my trip to Vienna this summer, I became somewhat enamoured of the enigmatic and ridiculously fascinating Elisabeth or "Sisi", wife of Franz Josef. The Austrians adore her in the same way that the Brits adore Princess Diana and, like Eva Peron, she remains a figure of conflict: to some an emblem of quiet charity, to others an over-spender who fell victim to a life of excess.

Elisabeth is anything but a slight princess of rigid occupation who settled quietly into the string of the seemingly unending Hapsburg Rule. Sisi was a thinker, a modern woman, an athlete and a sportswoman who, in many ways, forged the path for modern femininity. A victim to the structure of her marriage at 15 to Emperor Franz Josef and all too in love with yet fearful of the public eye, Elisabeth was a martyr to the cult of her beauty.

She enjoyed her foot-long tresses it took several hours to braid them in regal crown ; her 20 inch waist and her strict physical regime. Elisabeth's diet one of the earliest recorded of anorexia often saw the Empress undergoing monstrous control: from two glasses of goat's milk a day; to beef broth and a single biscuit: all while strenuously hiking, riding and performing acrobatics in her personal gym.

At the Sisi museum in Vienna, you are walked through the Empress's life and her keen, glorious sense of fashion. You are also led through the Royal Apartments at the Hofburg Palace: which have been kept in the same resplendent fashion which welcomed Elisabeth, her husband and her children.