exist The Empress – Germany’s new royal drama based on the life of Empress Sissi of Austria, premieres on Netflix this week – the first two episodes focus on her relationship with Franz Josef I courtship. Sophisticated engagement. Franz Josef initially promised to Sissy’s sister Helen. But when the two families spend a weekend together, it is the young Bavarian princess who catches the emperor’s eye. Moments later, they announced their engagement, much to Helene’s dismay.
This is an engaging and dramatic episode. But how much is rooted in reality?
It turns out, a lot.