The Assassination of the Archduke

Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World

Greg King and Sue Woolmans

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Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I

 

In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its hear was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and a century of conflict.

 

Set against a backdrop of glittering privilege, The Assassination of the Archduke combines royal history, touching romance, and political murder in a moving portrait of the end of an era. One hundred years after the event, it offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations, including Serbian complicity and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence. Events in Sarajevo also doomed the couple’s children to lives of loss, exile, and the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, their plight echoing the horrors unleashed by their parents’ deaths. Challenging a century of myth, The Assassination of the Archduke resonates as a very human story of love destroyed by murder, revolution, and war.

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In the Shadow of the Throne
 
 
Far away from the glamour of a snowbound Vienna, a thin, pale young man with watery blue eyes was enjoying his own pleasures as 1889 began. From his suite of ornate rooms in Prague’s Hradschin Castle, he would join the men of his 102nd Bohemian Infantry Regiment at their dinners, the local officials at their fussy receptions, and the obsequious aristocrats in their rococo ballrooms. He hated the fawning attention and the constant scrutiny that came from his position as an Austrian archduke, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef,

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“Covers the subject so thoroughly and so honestly that this is almost certainly the last book that needs to be written.” —Robert K. Massie, author of Nicholas and Alexandra on The Resurrection of the Romanovs

“Wonderfully vivid…a worthy companion to Edvard Radzinsky’s The Last Tsar.” —Publishers Weekly on The Last Empress


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Greg King and Sue Woolmans

GREG KING is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty, including The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor.  A frequent onscreen expert and commentator for historical documentaries, his work has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Royalty Magazine, Royalty Digest, and Atlantis Magazine.

SUE WOOLMANS is a royal historian and writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. With Paul Kulikovsky, great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas II’s sister Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, she recently edited the Grand Duchess’s memoirs, Twenty-Five Chapters of My Life. She is a sound engineer and  lives in London.

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The Assassination of the Archduke
Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World
Greg King and Sue Woolmans

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St. Martin's Press
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250038678
ISBN10: 1250038677
432 pages
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250000163
ISBN10: 1250000165
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 432 pages, Plus one 16-page black-and-white photograph insert
$27.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
8/5/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250055460
ISBN10: 1250055466
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages, Include one 16-page black-and-white photograph section
$17.99
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