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First Name
Lucy Sarah Valerie
Last Name
Central European University
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Habsburg, Austria, Austria-Hungary, monarchy, Empress Elisabeth ('Sisi'), Empress Zita, Mary Vetsera, Mayerling, Crown Prince Rudolf, Vetsera-Baltazzi family, Franz Joseph, court life, royal portraiture, Mozart, biography, 19th century, 20th century
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About Me

I am fascinated by the nobility of 19th and early 20th century Austria and Bavaria. Currently, I am researching Empress Zita’s portraiture, and writing a biography of Baroness Mary Vetsera. I particularly enjoy sharing my research with theatre, and most recently worked with the Scottish Ballet for their production of ‘The Scandal at Mayerling.’ I am also a public historian at the Mozarthaus Vienna.

Undergraduate dissertation: Spiritual themes in the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (St Andrews)

MLitt dissertation: Masculinity and Fatherhood in the Correspondence of Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (St Andrews)

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

Recent Publications

Love Is Dead: Newly discovered letters get us closer to understanding the tragic truth of royal murder-suicide at Mayerling, History Today, February 2022).

‘A mortal comes up like a flower and is cut down’ – the life and death of Mary Vetsera

Stéphanie: A Life in the Shadow of Mayerling

Mater Dolorosa: Elisabeth in the Aftermath of Mayerling (forthcoming)

Myth, Misrepresentation, and Truth in the Life and Death of Baroness Mary Vetsera


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Austria, Bavaria
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Religion, Women, World War I