Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The King and His Reign V: 1914

Mr & Mrs Franz Ferdinand shortly before their murder
Published in The Spectator, 22nd March 1935
1,420 words
(First read 07/01/2015*)

Benson narrates in some detail the circumstances that led to the outbreak of the First World War, though obviously not in as much detail as he'd already done in his somewhat-late-in-the-day book The Outbreak of War 1914 (1933!).  It's fairly interesting if you're fairly interested in the role that the British sovereign played ~ or didn't play ~ in the business.
As a great fan of the Forgotten People of History I'd like to pay tribute to EFB for remembering to mention the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's wife, the poor old Duchess of Hohenberg [who?!], who was gunned down with him at Sarajevo on 28th June 1914.
You can read the article online here.

* Yes, I do realize I'm reading these in a somewhat haphazard order.

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