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Emperor Franz Joseph I. von Austria

Emperor Franz Joseph I. von Austria

Male 1830 - 1916  (86 years)

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  • Name Franz Joseph I. von Austria 
    Title Emperor  
    Born 1830 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1916 
    • In 1854 Franz Joseph married Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria ("Sisi" or "Sissi"). Contrary to popular myth, their married life was not happy: their first daughter Sophie died as an infant, while the only son, Crown Prince Rudolf died, allegedly by suicide, in 1889 in the infamous Mayerling episode with his young mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera. The Empress herself was stabbed to death by an anarchist in 1898; Franz Joseph never recovered from the loss and always said to his relatives, "You'll never know how much I loved her." Franz Joseph built a villa named Villa Schratt in Bad Ischl for his mistress, Katharina Schratt, an actress with whom he had a long-standing relationship. In 1914 the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, leading to World War I. Franz Joseph died in 1916, aged 86, in the middle of the war. After the defeat in World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy dissolved into national states.

    Person ID I3430  Skeel-Kannegaard
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2012 

    Father Franz Karl von Austria,   b. 17 Dec 1802, Vienna Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1878, Vienna Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Sophie Friederike von Bayern,   b. 27 Jan 1805,   d. 28 May 1872  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F2128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie von Bayern,   b. 24 Dec 1837,   d. 10 Sep 1898  (Age 60 years) 
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2007 
    Family ID F1633  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Coats of Arms - Scandinavia
    Franz Joseph I von Austria coat of arms
    Franz Joseph I von Austria coat of arms

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