Hi again. Love having you read my blogs. Right now, I’m thinking about my favorite, Rosa and the Prince. I hope you will too, after you finish reading it.
All kinds of novels feature love stories. They certainly make up many pages in historical novels. After all, women are the spinal cords of men. Men cannot maneuver without them. Since everything in life has, in part, a factual history, the love story you’ll read in Rosa and the Prince, is half truth and half fiction.
It took me four years to write Rosa. First, I had to become familiar with the customs that existed in the 1880s in and around the exquisite city of Vienna, Austria. I had to know about the interests of royalty, and how (or if) the politics of the time affected my story.. Acquainting myself with the land was easier, for I had often sat with my mother, Louisa, daughter of Rosa, her arms enfolding me closely, listening to her lovingly describe the nountains and woods of the little village in which she grew up.
I also read and studied many non-fiction books about Austria, the Balkins – all the countries surrounding that remarkable city, Vienna. My mother was not very open about her early life in the village. For some reason, she kept her childhood history to herself. She did share a photograph of herself as a young girl and a picture of the innkeepers. The Habsburgs (the royal family) gave them Rosa’s baby to raise. Rosa (my grandmother), shortly after her baby was born, had been banished o Hungary, her original home.
Abused by her uncle and disowned by her father, sixteen year old Rosa is given to Henry, a forester, who is travelling from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian alpine to work for the Royals, the Habsburgs. There she meets Crown Prince Rudolph of Habsburg and his cousin, Archduke Otto.
Crown Prince Rudolph and Rosa begin their romance after her husband’s accidental death. Rudolph takes Rosa to Vienna, where he places her under the protection of a Countess. The story of their love affair is a passionate, unforgettable and heart-wrenching story. It will deeply affect anyone who has suffered love and subsequent loss.
Chronology – the Habsburgs
The Habsburg family ruled much of Europe from the mid-thirteenth century until the early twentieth century when the heir presumptive to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess of Hohenberg, were murdered in Sarajevo, 28 June 1914, precipitating World War I
The first Habsburg ruler was King Rudolph of Habsburg. He was crowned Holy Emperor in 1273. At that particular period in history, the Holy Roman Empire encompassed most of Europe, excluding France on the west and Prussia, Poland, Hungary and Serbia on the east.
The Habsburg’ strategies to power and honor throughout the ensuing centuries depended in part on their supposed “imperial descent” from Noah and the House of David. It also depended on their opportunistic marriages. Habsburg marriages were always made to further the Royals’ hunger for the acquisition of land and/or large dowries.
Each Habsburg ruler celebrated the family’s legendary godly Christian heritage in magnificent ceremonials, artworks and music. Archduke Maximilian, who became Emperor of Mexico, expressed the Habsburg’ precepts well.
He said, before being executed by a Mexican firing squad, “Men of my class and race are created by God to be the happiness of nations or their martyrs. I die in the faith, both of the Holy Church and of our lineage.”
“Rosa’s story is a simple story, written eloquently. Kathryn Braund’s descriptions allow the reader to feel what it’s like to be there beside Rosa, and to feel what Rosa is feeling. The foreshadowing and suspense is effective. Butterflies invaded my own stomach . . . thank you for writing it.”
“A wonderful book. I couldn’t put Rosa down. The book has more sex in it than I’m used to reading, but I recognize that it is part of the story. I’m eager to read the author’s next book.”
“This book is more than a love story. It allows the reader to explore the depths of many different kinds of human relationships. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Rosa and the Prince is a must read.”
“It is a fascinating story and Kathryn Braund writes beautifully.”
“Great story and writing in an interesting setting. I did find Rosa was taken in by a scoundrel and the Prince was not an upright person. He would take advantage of anyone he could. From what I have read in history, Royalty was that way in all aspects of experience. Braund did write a tale of human beings reactions to their environment which sometimes does strange things to them when influenced by their own feelings whether right or wrong. Braund wrote the way it was at that time.”
“Oh God, I knew he was going to die, butI didn’t want it to happen to him. I wanted her to live for many years in that hut with her woodcutter. I wanted her to love him, to feel safe in his arms. I wanted him to know passion from her. It is a compelling book.”