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The Road to Mayerling: Life and Death of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This superbly factual account of the life and death of Austria's Prince Rudolph reads like a fast-paced thriller. The colorful and controversial Prince--the last and most talented of the Hapsburg line--was discovered dead on January 30, 1889, in the royal hunting lodge at Mayerling. Beside him, also dead, lay his mistress, the beautiful young Baroness Mary Vetsera. What ha ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Phoenix
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Louise
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This book highlights the parts of Crown Prince Rudolf’s life that may have led to his eventual suicide. It describes a distant and formal father, a distant but sympathetic mother and a tutor who may have been ahead of his time in giving him the tools to think.

Rudolf was a Liberal (author uses the upper case and its usage seems to connote something specific to the time). He understood the weak position of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whose leadership he would one day inherit. He envisioned its de
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Erin
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Richard Barkeley's The Road to Mayerling offers a revealing glimpse into the Hapsburg court of the late 1800s. Chronicling the life and mysterious death of Crown Prince Rudolph, I found the book to be well-researched and detailed, but decidedly prejudicial in its glorification of the young royal and the causes for which he stood.

A product of the times, The Road to Mayerling omits and/or downplays man
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Katri
A good biography of the Crown Prince Rudolf, if a little outdated. It is from the 1950s, and the author obviously likes Rudolf and believes it would have been good for Europe if he had lived. I don't disagree with him, but the bias sometimes shows as he is a little too eager to deny any parts of Rudolf's conduct that could not be considered appropriate. However, he also tells all the arguments that have been used against Rudolf, which makes it easier for the reader to form a balanced picture and ...more
Lil
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm sure I would have appreciated this book more had it been among the first I read about Rudolf and this period. Unfortunately, this account suffers from being rather incomplete and with a strong bias towards exalting liberalism by redeeming the reputation of the crown prince. I appreciate that aim, since I find Rudolf a fascinating character, but I think his inconsistencies and blemishes make him all the more interesting. Perhaps I'm underestimating the ill-feeling towards Rudolf's memory - Ba ...more
Kate
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
My major in college was history so I'm bit obsessed with all things historical. I accidentally happened upon Crown Prince Rudolph and Baroness Mary, I saw a recent German biopic and then listened to the beautiful soundtrack to the musical based on their tragic story. Although every historian seem to have a different opinion on what transpired between them. All I know is that if poor Rudolph had lived our world would no doubt be different, because Austria/Hungary would have been altered. Remember ...more
Michael Tildsley
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting biography of a pivotal 20th century figure. It's amazing to think what could have been, but also really sad to know the chain of events that led to Rudolph's ultimate suicide. This book is good about giving some key insights into the political structures working in and around Austria from the 1860s to the 1890s. It has been crucial for the research I am currently undertaking, and I hope to see things through. A great resource and a very good read.
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