I am a historian of 19th and early 20th century Austria. Currently, I provide historical research for theatre.

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, and Archduchess Elisabeth (Erzsi) of Austria. 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.

Currently, I am researching  "The Last Empress: The Transitions, Images and Functions of Zita of Bourbon-Parma, 1911-1922" at Central European University, Austria.

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