Elisabeth

Elisabeth

The Princess Bride

Book - 2003
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The diary of Princess Elisabeth, written in 1853-1854, describing her engagement and marriage to her cousin Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria. Includes historical notes concerning her life as Empress.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2003.
ISBN: 9780439266444
0439266440
Characteristics: 151 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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svguenther
May 24, 2019

The epilogue and historical context at the end of the book were far more interesting than the actual novelization. The fictionalized part glossed over elements of Elizabeth that really weren't very pretty - her vanity, her father's obsession with circuses, her aunt's insistence on Franz Joseph marrying a cousin to "keep it in the family"... Since it is a book designated for juveniles/young adults, it's probably wise to skip some of this, however it leads to gaps in the narrative that don't make a lot of sense. As a mom, I read it first, but didn't recommend it to my 10 year old daughter. She read the historical context and moved on to something else.

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Lilyguo1976
Nov 19, 2014

I read alot of royal diaries books,just don't get why those princesses would love someone so easily.And usually they don't have a very good life together.

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PamelaMemmott
Aug 25, 2014

This series always has an epilogue at the end which summarizes the remainder of the princess's life. This one bothered me. It reads

"A truly caring person, [Elizabeth] developed a sincere concern for the poor and mentally ill. She became a symbol of hope to thousands of her subjects. But it was Elizabeth's extraordinary beauty that was her most noteworthy characteristic."

I really didn't find this a healthy message to tack on to the end of a book for young girls.

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kanasri
Nov 30, 2010

I returned this with all other books.

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svguenther
May 24, 2019

svguenther thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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PamelaMemmott
Aug 25, 2014

"A truly caring person, [Elizabeth] developed a sincere concern for the poor and mentally ill. She became a symbol of hope to thousands of her subjects. But it was Elizabeth's extraordinary beauty that was her most noteworthy characteristic."

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