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Sissi - Elisabeth of Wittelsbach (1837 - 1898)
Sisi was born as daughter of Duke Maximilian and Duchess Ludovika in Bavaria. In 1853, she got to know her cousin Emporer Franz Joseph, who was going to marry Sisi's sister Helene. Franz Joseph fell in love with Sisi immediately and decided to marry her instead of her sister. They married, Elisabeth being 16 years old. The love marriage did not work out: Sisi was an independent girl and totally unprepared for the strict protocol at court, an ambitious stepmother and a busy husband who struggled to fight revolutionary and separatist tendencies in the Habsburg empire…
The Viennese aristocracy was making fun of her and her mother
in law Sophie took over the control of her life. Her children
were taken from her and Sisi was barely allowed to see them,
putting her in deep depression and illness. After two year
of cure and lodging in Madeira, Korfu and Bavaria, Sisi returned
with new confidence to Vienna. She decided to take control
for political issues and soon took interest in Hungary, the
very troubled neighbour of Austria. In 1867 she was crowned
Queen of Hungary. Sisi was obsessed with her beauty and her
perfect figure and taking care of her body, resulting in anorexia.
Her very liberal ideas, her call for a republic structure
and her effort for the poor and troublesome made her very
popular with the Austrian people.