Page 6, 10th August 1984

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Page 6, 10th August 1984 — Romance and tragedy

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Locations: Vienna, Sarajevo


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Romance and tragedy

Victims at Sarajevo by Gordon Brook-Shepherd (Harvill Press £10.95).

GORDON Brook-Shepherd is an expert on Austrian history and Austrian affairs. He was the Daily Telegraph correspondent in Vienna for many years and combines a lively journalistic style with a historian's careful research.

Mayerling, where Rudolph, the son of the Emperor Franz Joseph, died, has been the subject of many books and films. Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was assassinated at Sarajevo, together with his wife Sophie, became the heir

apparent to his uncle, Franz Ferdinand, on the death of Archduke Rudolph of Mayerling.

However, few are aware of the moving human romance that preceded their death. Sophie, a Bohemian countess, was not considered a suitable marriage partner for the Heir-Apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and the Archduke was forced into a morganatic marriage with her and had to renounce all royal rights for his wife and children. Gordon BrookShepherd brings to life the romance of this moving love story.

Jr. K.

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