Elisabeth. Kaiserin wider Willen (German)
The biography of Empress Elisabeth by Brigitte Hamann is one of the most impressive works in historical literature. It portrays one of the most interesting, rebellious and extravagant women in Austrian history and is a far cry from the stereotype version of Sisi interpreted by Romy Schneider in the film series. Starting with the birth of Elisabeth in Bavaria, Hamann describes the background of the women who became empress against her will. Personal life circumstances are described in just as much detail as family ties and friendships. The book does not limit itself to describing the real character and personality of Elisabeth, however, but also the customs, fashions and lifestyle in the 19th century.