In Seven Lands; Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Spain, Portugal, Italy

In Seven Lands; Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Spain, Portugal, Italy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...the boundary between the archduchy of Austria and Styria--one passes a little town called Wiener Neustadt, which claims to have been the birthplace of that Emperor Maximilian of whom there is a very famous monument in the church of the Franciscans at Innsbruck. He was not interred there, however, but in the chapel of an ancient castle of the house of Babenberg near Neustadt. This castle came into the possession of the fifteenth century Emperor, Frederick III, and he altered it considerably. Maria Theresa subsequently established there one of the chief military academies in Austria. The pile presents one curious feature. On various parts of the walls encompassing the courtyard the visitor sees the vowels--A.E.I.O.U.--inscribed in large letters, and may well wonder why they appear there. As a matter of fact, they were taken as a motto by Frederick III, and admit of at least three interpretations. One of these is that the letters stand for the words: Austria erit in orbe ultima, while another gives the much more bombastic reading: Austria est imperare orbi univers0. The third rendering is a German one: Aller Ehren ist Oesterreich coll. Imperial pride could go no farther, but nobody nowadays would be willing to admit either that the empire of the whole world belongs to Austria, or that Austria is full of all honours. Such, however, were the extravagant pretensions of the Hapsburgs in olden time. We travelled, my father and I, by the Semmering railway on the occasion when we visited the famous shrine of Mariazell, the most frequented of all such places in the Austrian Empire. There is nowadays, I believe, a branch railway line covering a considerable part of the distance from Miirzzuschlag, at which station the Semmering range is left behind....show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920007
  • 9781236920003