Sunday, November 14, 2010

A really lovely book on the Habsburg

A friend sent me Habsburg eine europäische familie im 21sten Jahrhundert, a German-language book with lots of photos.
The title translates to Habsburg - a European family in the 21st century.
The text of the book was written by several Habsburg experts, including Eva Demmerle (who has also written a biography of Archduke Otto) and Rainhard Kloucek.  The book is divided into nine chapters on the history of the family and on different members, including Archduke Otto, the funeral of Archduke Carl Ludwig,  Archduke Karl, the Pan Europa movement, Archduchess Walburga, who is a member of the Swedish Parliament, the confirmation of  Carla and Justin Dantin, Santiagode Casanova, Archduchess Eleonore and Count Moritz Douglas, Archduchess Gabriella, a sculptor who serves as Georgia's ambassador to Germany, and Archduke Georg, who lives in Hungary with his wife, Elika and their three children.  The final chapter is a photographic display of the marriage of Count Philipp von Neipperg (son of Archduchess Andrea) and Paula Wolff, whose mother, Countess Ladislaja von Meran, has Habsburg ancestry.
The limited text is in German.
This is a book of recent photos of Otto and his children and their families.  The book includes a series of interviews with Archduke Otto, Archduke Karl, Archduchess Francesca, Archduchess Walburga, Archduchess Gabriella, a gifted sculptor who acquired Georgian nationality, and now serves as that country's ambassador to Germany, and Archduke Georg, who has settled with his family in a spacious home outside Budapest.

This is a magnificent book dedicated to the current members of the Habsburg dynasty.   If the Austro-Hungarian monarchy had not collapsed in 1918,  Archduke Otto might now be Europe's longest reigning sovereign.   Amazing to think.   He remains dedicated to the cause of a Pan Europa, and his children and grandchildren have taken up the cudgels, and continuing his work. 

This book is not easy to find.  It is not currently available through It may be a difficult adventure to acquire the book, but it will be well worth it.

 The price of the book is 50 Euros.

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