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Title: Book - "The Martyrdom of an Empress"
Identifier: 979.6.1511
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1899
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A mustard yellow book entitled "The Martyrdom of an Empress". There is a black line design on front cover and on spine; letters for title are in gold. There is an emblem of two black birds with a shield in the centre and holding onto royal symbols including an orb, sword, and crowns in on the centre and back front cover. "1899, Harper & Brothers Publishers, new York and London" is printed on the title page. The book includes 16 black and white images. "Sayers" is written inside the front cover of the book. The book is about the life and assassination of Empress Elisabeth Amalia Eugenia Wittelsbach, nicknamed Sissi, wife of Emperor Franz Josef of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898) was Empress of Austria and Queen Consort of Hungary . From an early age, she was called "Sisi" by family and friends. Elizabeth was married at 16 to Emperor Franz Joseph I . After the death of her eldest daughter at age two which caused a rift between herself and her husband Elizabeth spent much of her life traveling around Europe. Her remaining children were raised by her mother-in-law. Elizabeth was revered for her beauty and the public eagerly followed her appearance, diet and exercise regime and fashion choices. Elisabeth is considered to have been a non-conformist who abhorred conventional court protocol and at the same time a tragic figure due to her likely mental health issues and the death of her daughter and son. On September 101898, in Geneva, Switzerland, Elisabeth, aged 60, was stabbed in the heart with a sharpened file by a young anarchist named Luigi Lucheni. She has inspired filmmakers, writers and theatrical producers with her life story and several books, movies and plays have been written of her life.

Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen was a historical novelist, nonfiction author and syndicated newspaper columnist, more commonly known as La Marquise de Fontenoy or the Countess du Planty. Marguerite and her husband moved from France to the United States in 1885 after losing their fortunes. Her husband Frederick wrote newspaper editorials and society columns. Marguerite published a series of biographies and novels. She published these works, most of which were about the royal courts of Europe, anonymously because the information contained in them was considered sensational.
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