The Habsburgs

No dynasty of the Western World lends itself dramatically to personal history than the Habsburgs, an aristocratic line which produced women and children in all history In addition to their vital involvement with the military, political, religious, and matrimonial affairs of Western Europe for six hundred years, the Habsburgs excelled in their penchants for art and muNo dynasty of the Western World lends itself dramatically to personal history than the Habsburgs, an aristocratic line which produced women and children in all history In addition to their vital involvement with the military, political, religious, and matrimonial affairs of Western Europe for six hundred years, the Habsburgs excelled in their penchants for art and music, for literature and architecture, for philosophy and scientific investigation for the princely sports of hunting and falconing, for wit, wine, food, dancing, and affairs of the heart They were collectors of crowns, palaces, jewels and zoos.Throughout the fantastic range of their exploits, they never ceased to be a family, bound together by ties of affection, tradition, and respect as strong as their blood lines In the most desperate straits, they turned unerringly to each other Down their long history runs a strain of gallantry, the quality of noblesse oblige, a taste for the splendid gesture, which set the Habsburgs apart.In this multi biography, based on the impeccable scholarship that renders the chronicle historically accurate, Dorothy Gies McGuigan presents a warm and winning picture of the Habsburgs as human beings noble, fallible, wise and foolish.
The Habsburgs No dynasty of the Western World lends itself dramatically to personal history than the Habsburgs an aristocratic line which produced women and children in all history In addition to their vital invol

  • Title: The Habsburgs
  • Author: Dorothy Gies McGuigan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I just could not seem to get very interested in this book and it wasn't because of the subject since I am a voracious reader of European history. I think it was the style in which it was written. was almost gossipy rather than serious history. The Habsburgs were the longest reigning royal house in European history and much of the major incidents that occurred during their reign were given short shrift in favor of what they were wearing and what was served at various banquets. The author related [...]

    2. Ein sehr spannendes Buch über die Habsburger Monarchie, die von 1273 bis 1918 dauerte. Am Interessantesten waren für mich die letzten 200 Jahre, denn in diesem Zeitraum herrschte Maria Theresia, die ihren Kampf mit Friedrich dem Großen hatte; oder Franz I mit Napoleon Bonaparte. Franz I verließ sich auf Metternich (Wolfram Siebert schrieb über ihn eine ausgezeichnete Biographie). Und Franz Josef war mit der schwierigen Sisi verheiratet, deren Spuren wir in der Hofburg und auf der Insel Korf [...]

    3. Dieses Buch fasst die Geschichte der Habsburger als Herrscherfamilie auf 627 Seiten zusammen. Angefangen mit der Wahl Rudolfs I zum König des Heiligen Römischen Reiches bis hin zum Tod von Karl I, dem letzten Kaiser von Österreich, wird der Leser hier mitgenommen auf einem Marsch durch die Geschichte, bei dem nicht nur die gekrönten Häupter vorgestellt werden, sondern auch auf deren jeweilige Geschwister, Ehegatten und/oder Verlobten, Kinder und hin und wieder auch Geliebten, Angestellte, U [...]

    4. To produce an aristocratic dynasty able to maintain power in an array of European courts for 600 years, the prolific Habsburgs remained always a close family, bound together by respect, tradition, and affection as strong as their blood lines. The first to hit the big time, Count Rudolf von Habsburg, was a relative nonentity — and therefore the perfect compromise choice as Holy Roman Emperor in 1273. But the Electors badly underestimated him: Rudolf was a superb politician, a master of conniver [...]

    5. It's not easy to give a satisfactory portrait of more than four hundred years of Habsburg history in a mere four hundred pages, but McGuigan does a most creditable job of it. The Habsburgs is reliable but not particularly scholarly and certainly not academic history; but rather it is a lively, well written account of this extraordinary long-lived dynasty, full of intriguing and often admirable people. McGuigan's main interest is in those people. While politics, economics, history, etc. are by no [...]

    6. Game of Thrones must be inspired by the Habsburg dynasty! This book also makes more sense out of works like Prisoner of Zenda. History is so much juicier than fiction

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