dimanche 4 décembre 2011

Austria: The syringe of cocaine of Empress Sissi.

 In 2004, the Sissi Museum in Vienna was built in the imperial apartments of the Hofburg Palace to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the marriage of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elizabeth Amelie Eugenie of Wittelsbach. It gained 240 objects that belonged to Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898).
         The most curious object is her syringe cocaine was part of his travel first aid kit.
         Cocaine was widely used in the nineteenth century as a sedative and anti-depressant, said the museum's curator, Katrin Unterreiner. We must remember that his son Rudolf died at Mayerling cocaine January 30, 1889.
         Among these remains are also a tooth of the future Empress and her christening dress and black coat she was wearing, it seems, when she was assassinated in Geneva by the Italian anarchist, Luigi Luccheni the September 10, 1898.
         The lot, collected originally by the German collector lawyer, Manfred Klauder, was acquired from his widow for 850,000 euros.
The collection now includes 350 objects relating to the Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

His sentimental and tragic fate made him unforgettable.

         The Empress Sissi was a cousin of King Ludwig II of Bavaria Wittelsbach, which sank into madness and suicide, leaving the land of fabulous neo-Gothic castles.
         In 1854, she married at age 16, the young Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph first seduced by her beauty.
         With his generous nature, she participated in the transformation of the Empire in the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy in 1867.
She became Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.
         But the weight of the imperial tradition prevents their full potential. To cope, she uses tricks and travels constantly throughout Europe to escape the constant label of the imperial court.
         It was during his travels through Europe that she was assassinated in Geneva. She is then aged 61 years.
         Hearing the news of her death, her husband whispers: "No one knows how much we are loved"
and adds, "Nothing will be spared me on this earth"

The tragic end of Charles Francis Joseph I of Hapsburg-Lorraine.

         The spell was really nothing spared the Emperor of Austria. Before the murder of his wife, his brother Maximilian had been shot to Queretano, Mexico in 1867, his only son Rudolf committed suicide at Mayerling January 30, 1886.
         The sister of his wife, the Duchess of Alencon, Sophie Charlotte Auguste of Wittelsbach burned alive in the huge fire at the Bazar de la Charité in Paris May 4, 1897.
         On the death of his sister, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria had a strange premonition and said, "We will all die a violent death."
It was a year before his assassination on the Quai du Mont Blanc in Geneva.
         The second heir and nephew of Francis Joseph, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo June 28, 1914.
         When he died of stroke 21 November 1916 after a protracted reign of 68 years, Francis Joseph first empire in collapse leaves one in Europe in the middle of World War I, sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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