Elisabeth of Austria: The Princess Bride (Royal Diaries Series)

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Author Barry Denenberg introduces us to a nineteenth-century Bavarian princess named Elisabeth who at age fifteen is engaged to the emperor of Austria and is swept into an unfamiliar world.

Author Barry Denenberg brings us into the whirlwind that is the life of Princess Elisabeth of Austria. A free and impetuous spirit, Elisabeth was chosen at the tender age of fifteen (over her older sister) to be the wife of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria. From that moment on, she is thrown ...

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Overview

Author Barry Denenberg introduces us to a nineteenth-century Bavarian princess named Elisabeth who at age fifteen is engaged to the emperor of Austria and is swept into an unfamiliar world.

Author Barry Denenberg brings us into the whirlwind that is the life of Princess Elisabeth of Austria. A free and impetuous spirit, Elisabeth was chosen at the tender age of fifteen (over her older sister) to be the wife of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria. From that moment on, she is thrown into an intimidating world of restrictions and tremendous responsibilities. Feeling lonely and alienated, Elisabeth is forced to rely upon her own personal strength, which is what eventually leads her down the aisle and into an uncertain future.

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.

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For Elisabeth, life was something to be enjoyed. She loved to ride, to take care of her pets, to read and to write poetry. Becoming an empress or queen was not something she ever expected to have to do. That was her sister's future role; Nene was going to marry the Emperor of Austria, and she was the one who was going to have to learn all about etiquette and court customs. Then the fateful day arrived. Nene, Elisabeth and their mother went to the Emperor's court to be 'viewed.' Much to everyone's surprise, Elisabeth was the one the Emperor chose to be his future Empress and not Nene. Suddenly Elisabeth found herself at the center of everyone's attention. An enormous number of clothes had to be made for her and she had to memorize list after list of rules of etiquette and conduct; Elisabeth also had to meet countless dignitaries and accept the fact that her time was no longer her own. In fact, her life was no longer her own. Elisabeth's existence was going to change drastically, and as she faced the prospect of her upcoming marriage, she wondered if she had made the right choice in accepting the Emperor's proposal. Would she be able to adjust to her new life? We learn in the epilogue of this book that Elisabeth did not, in fact, adjust well at all. The restraints on her life frustrated her and made her quite miserable at times. The Emperor wanted an obedient and pliant wife, not one who had her own opinions and wants. Sadly the marriage was not a success. In addition to the epilogue, there is a very interesting and informative section about the history of the times and a wonderful selection of black-and-white photographs of Elisabeth, her family and the places she visited or lived. With anexcellent portrayal of a lesser-known European royal, this book shows us how the life of a noble-born woman was not her own, that she was very much the 'property' of her family or her husband's family. This is one of several books in "The Royal Diaries" series. 2003, Scholastic,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Although not one of the most influential European royals, Elisabeth is still a fascinating character. As she begins her diary, the 15-year-old reveals her true passions-the outdoors, her family's home called Possenhofen, poetry, her pets, her father, and horseback riding. The household is in a fury as Helene, Elisabeth's older sister, prepares to meet their cousin Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and her potential spouse. Then Mama decides that Elisabeth will accompany them in order to meet the emperor's younger brother. When they arrive, Franz Joseph pays little attention to his intended, but rather is smitten with Elisabeth and selects her as his bride. She is fraught with confusion, joy, and sorrow for her sister. Once she accepts his offer, the young Elisabeth has much to prepare. Six months later, she travels to Vienna for her wedding and the most dramatic change to her carefree existence. The diary ends there, but the epilogue explains that the marriage was an unhappy one, due primarily to the confining court rituals and the emperor's imposing mother. Historical notes provide further information about the young princess, her travels, her language skills, and her children. Photos and a family tree are also included. Elisabeth is a charming figure from the past, and this book should prove to be an enjoyable read for historical fiction and diary fans.-Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439266444
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/5/2003
  • Series: Royal Diaries
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    I knew nothing about Elizabeth, nor that she existed till I read this diary

    My brother gave me this book for Christmas and I couldn't put it down till I fineshed. It definetly needs to be longer, but still, it's a good book. Not counting the epilogue, the whole story is only 93 pages. The story begins with Elizabeth, living a carefree, pleasant life free of royal engagements or politics. But her mother drags Elizabeth along on an expedition to visit Franz Joseph and his mother, Queen Sophie. Once Franz Joseph sets his eyes on Elizabeth, he is smitten and forgets his fiance, Elizabeth's sister Helene, and proposes to Elizabeth immediately. She accepts, why, the book does not make clear, and her world is shattered forever! No more can she just frolick all day and do nothing and be lazy. She is very busy preparing for the engagement plans, recieving Franz Joseph when he visits, and learning about Austria's culture. Unucustomed to this 'rigity' of her new life, Elizabeth knows not where to turn for help. Every move she makes her Aunt Sophie finds some fault. When she journys to Austria to be married, she is exausted, and the wedding is even more grand and tiring. The book ends right afte their marriage. I thought it could of continued a little longer. The most puzzling part of the book was her affection towards Franz Joseph. In her diary she states that she loves him, yet in the epilogue it says that right after their marriage she regretted her decision. Regardless, this is a good diary, though I would only give it four stars instead of five. Still, very, very good, taught me some interesting things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    Time To Wake Up!!!!!!!!

    Okay, I havent Read this book yet, but am offended by the way it is being rated, as well as Marie Antionette. Everyone is saying that the ending was terrible, that her love life was awful, and that she lived a miserable life. Well, Time to wake up and smell the coffee! These books aren't fiction, and the sad sorry truth is, Royalty live very hard lives, as I quote from 'Mary Queen of Scots', 'We are all chesspeices for the large board that is Europe.' Yes, Marie was Beheaded, just like Mary, and yes, Nzingha's Husband Azeze was killed shortly after their Marriage. Yes, Kazunomiya had to mary Yoshi, not Arisugawa, the man she loved, all real life stories can't have endings as sweet as Isabel, Jewel of Castilla, but just be glad that you are only upset because your enjoyment was ruined. For these real, Strong Women, it was more than just their enjoyment, but their lives!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    AWESOME!!!!!

    I loved this book. I also recomend marie antoinette, elisabeth 1, and elenor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    THIS BOOK REAKED!!!

    Elisabeth of Austria: The Princess Bride was the worst one I've read. Her SISTER goes to get married and she's the one getting engaged! AND THEN all it talks about is her and how 'happy' she is. This book was so boring and I'd never read it again. AND if you do read it be sure to read the epiloge. OH also if you do want to read it check it out of the library first so as not to waste money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    A Big Disappointment!

    ELISABETH: THE PRINCESS BRIDE was a huge disappointment! At first, like the reviewer before me, I thought I liked it and then as it went on it got extremely boring. The ending was horrible and the author had to put in that her marriage was horrible and that completely ruined it! The only thing interesting in this book, in my opinion, is the pictures in the back. I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you really need something to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    This is a boring book

    I usually love all dear america books, but this is the worst book besides Marie Antoinette. It was too short, it was so boring I almost slept through it. I'm not going to give away the whole book, but I will say this, for all you people who like royal fairy tales, they don't live happily ever after

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    Horrible!!

    This was an awful book! The Romance was sappy, and the book was generally boring. At first I thought that it was ok, but then I read the ending. the afterward ruined the whole thing. I mean, the fact that after they got married, they were miserable for the rest of their lives, just totally ruined it. this is a horrible book. and I would NOT reccommed reading it unless you are really, really bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    amazing

    This is one of the best stories that I have read in the royal diaries series. I loved it. I think everyone should have it, read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    Princess in love!

    This book is so sweet talking about her falling in love and everything and the beginning is good too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Has the Series Hit a Dry Spell?

    ELISABETH: THE PRINCESS BRIDE is about Austria's young princess Elisabeth and how she is to be married. It starts out with her as a princess who receives little attention and simply lives her pampered royal life. Soon a prince wants to marry and the she goes through the whole process of marriage. I found the plot poor and and the charcters undeveloped. The whole book simply decribed to the minimunal of what was going on with occasional descriptions of preperations and dresses. I have read a few of Barry Denenberg's books that he wrote for the Dear America series and have found his books to have a common denomentaor of being poorly written and the charcters to be simple aweful. Both Elisabeth and Emma Simpson (Dear America, When Will this Cruel War Be Over) were depressing and always trying to be perfect when in truth they were very stuck up. I have also fuond that the last few royal diaries Kaiulani, Victoria, Sondok, Eleanor, and Kristina have also no been up to standards as the first books were. Each new book is shorter and worse than the last it seems, and is almost understandable why the series is to be discontinued after this year. Don't get me wrong, I like this series and will be sad to see it go, but i just hope that they will finish strong. The next book that is coming out in March, Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal has some promise due to its length, though i have some doubts about the plot. Other books to come out are KAZUNOMIYA: JAPAN (May), MARIA THERESA: AUSTRIA (August), and CATHERINE THE GREAT: GERMANY (October).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Good Book But Disappointing Ending/Epilogue

    I thought the diary itself was good, well researched and fun to read, but I didn't like the epilogue at all. Most of the Royal Diaries books have sad epilogues, whereas if the authors hadn't been writing about historical characters they could have made up their own ending. I understand this wasn't Barry Denenberg's fault, but the sad endings of the Royal Diaries has been making me think, 'Do I really want to read this book, since I know the ending isn't going to be what I and other fans hope for?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    A Great Book

    This book was a short read but a heart warming story. I injoyed it very much. It was short but I could not stop readind it. I hope there are more like this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    IT REALLY ISN'T AS BAD AS WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SAYS

    This book is very good. I don't know why everyone says it wasn't very good. It is short, but still good. I enjoyed reading about a Princess getting ready for a wedding (especially the clothes part). I would have liked to have read more after she is married, but the epilouge does a good job of that. It is very sad what became of lovely Elizabeth. Kit Donata's review for Cleopatra says that no more Royal Diaries are going to be made after 2004. I got all mine before that comes and I hope you get all yours, because these books are the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    I'm upset

    This is one of Europe's most famous women, and there's tons of information on her, yet the diary in one of the shortest yet?! I'm sorry I've read every Royal Diary out there, and own all but one, and I am aggravated that they are lowering their standards. This diary was almost pointless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    Tiresome

    I liked the pictures at the back of this book as well as the epilogue, but I found this book a bit boring and short. The entries sort of run on and on and it was hard to understand what Sisi was trying to say. Overall it was ok, but I sort of regret I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Elisabeth

    I liked this book, especially the historical notes section at the end. It appears to have been well researched. Particularly because Elisabeth, aka Sisi, is a lesser-known European royal. My only gripe with it was that it was too short. And the author could have included more information about what her life was like before she married.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Different

    This book is, well, different. There's big surpise in it though. It just needed to be longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Princess Bride

    fifteen year old Elizabeth has lived a happy,carefree life in Bavaria. Her life is turned upsidown sister Helen is chosen to marry the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. Elizabeth is chosen to accompany her to Austria. While in Austria Franz Joseph falls in love with Elizabeth instead of Helen! Suddenly Elizabeth is the attention of most of europe! Over all its a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Good..But Not Great

    Elisabeth was a good diary but the best one of the series. The story was sad at the end. I wish it was longer. Making it longer probably would have made it better. But you should still read it if you really like this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Great book!

    I recently recieved an advanced copy of Elisabeth-The Princess Bride (the real title) from Barry Denenberg and I instantly decided to read it. It's about 160 pages and the diary part is about 100 pages long. There are about 20 pages of pictures and the rest is an epilogue, glossary of characters, and a historical note and author's note. Overlal, the diary was ownderful. It tells us how Elisabeth has grown up at a quiet little Bavarian castle called Posserhofen (Possi, as Elisabeth calls it)with an eccentric father, a stern mother, a loving sister, Helene, and many brothers-all of which Elisabeth adores and loves. However, when the next crown prince of Austria needs a wife, his mother (who is Elisabeth's aunt), sends for Helene to be married to her son. However, the crown prince takes a liking to Elisabeth, not Helene, and chooses to wed her intsead! Instantly, quiet little Possi turns into a frenzy of court painters after Sisi (Elisabeth's nick-name, wedding planners, diplomats, and European dignitaries. Elisabeth is then carted off to Austria, and thrown into a world of gossip and ridicule-all towards her and her "improper" ways. This is not a Royal Diary with a happy ending. Elisabeth is very unhappy and upset. She has no friends and no one to tlak to. And of course nothing to do! But this is nothing compared to the terrible things that happen to Elisabeth in the epilogue-including her assassination. I still recommend this book to all Royal Diaries fans and historical fiction fans a like-despite it ends unexpectedly and you wish it were a little longer. It is a sad story, but a good one. You will enjoy it!

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