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Very interesting account of the princess directly involved in the Mayerling Affair; she was prince Rudolph's wife, princess Stéphanie of Belgium. Her account lists many letters from the prince to her. The last chapter is an analysis of the prince's psyche, but throughout the book Stéphanie drops a few hints of his troubled state of mind and physical exhaustion. Rudolph had very close family ties to the mad king of Bavaria, Ludwig II (his mother's cousin), which might explain his state of mind. I ...more