On 28th June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his morganatic wife, Sophie Chotek, were shot dead in broad daylight on a crowded street in Sarajevo. The murder of a relatively unknown archduke in a remote Bosnian city might well have been quickly forgotten were it not for the fact that this... read more
“"Bonds of friendship, bonds of kinship and bonds of kingship..." he smiled.”Kaiser Wilhelm II
“"I firmly believe that there are forces at work, not only here in Austria but right across Europe, who would willingly dispense with monarchs that they might seize power for themselves.”Archduke Franz Ferdinand
“If it were possible to remove the Crown Prince, who was popular and loved by the people, wouldn't it be convenient to remove an unpopular archduke whom few outside his immediate family would mourn?”Archduke Franz Ferdinand
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