Born in England, studied in Scotland, yet I feel most at home in the old imperial capital of Vienna. I am somewhat concerned that I am one huge cliché due to my love of the four big S names: Sisi, Stefan Zweig, Strauss (of the Blue Danube fame) and Sachertorte. Other hobbies include musical theatre, ballet and very long walks around old cities.
On a perhaps more important note, I am the proud mother of two cats: Wolfgang Amadeus Catzart and Brünnhilde.
I am fascinated by the nobility of 19th and early 20th century Austria and Bavaria from a biographical perspective. My work mostly focuses on Empresses Zita and Sisi, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Crown Prince Rudolf, and the events of Mayerling. My other main research interest is the Mozart family. The angle of my work tends to be structured around gender history, constructed and projected personae, and religious views. I particularly enjoy grappling with written correspondence.
My work has included writing articles for history websites and magazines, as well as advising performers in theatre and ballet about the historical figures they are portraying. Prior to my historical studies, I trained and performed professionally as an actress. I very much welcome opportunities that offer the chance to combine these two areas, particularly as a dramaturg.
Currently, I am researching "The Last Empress: The Transitions, Images and Functions of Zita of Bourbon-Parma, 1911-1922" at Central European University, Austria
Forthcoming article: "Myth, misrepresentation, and truth in the life and death of Baroness Mary Vetsera"
Most recent publication: "Love is dead: Newly discovered letters get us closer to understanding the tragic truth of royal-murder suicide at Mayerling" (History Today magazine)
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