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Beatrix Meyer

 was born in 1973 and studied German literature and history in Pécs, Hungary, and Erlangen, Germany. Hungarian by birth, she worked for many years teaching German as a foreign language. Following her move to Germany she immersed herself in the family history of Countess Festetics. In close co-operation with Hungarian museum curators she has revealed the previously un-researched history of this fascinating court figure and her family.


Coverabbildung von "Countess Marie Festetics’ Diary"

Beatrix Meyer Gudula Walterskirchen - Countess Marie Festetics’ Diary

Empress Elisabeth’s Closest Friend

The bosom friend of ‘Sisi’, Empress Elisabeth, the highly intelligent, highly attractive aristocrat Marie Festetics, wrote a detailed diary over many years. This sensational source text is finally available in full. Over more than 2000 pages, Festetics provides a no-holes-barred description of life at the imperial court, with all its intrigues – mainly against the empress she so admired. Countess Festetics analyses Sisi’s character and describes her changing emotions and her relationship with Emperor Franz Joseph. She makes razor-sharp judgements of the extended Imperial family and the significant figures of her time. A fascinating journal!