Monday, November 06, 2017

Catherine Cavendish The Wrath of the Ancients.

For those of you who follow my blog, you'll know that I'm a great fan of author Catherine Cavendish. She has a new book out called "The Wrath of the Ancients" (see below). I adored this book but I'll put my review on here tomorrow.

First of all, thought, Catherine's come along to tell us a bit about beautiful Vienna and also her book "The Wrath of the Ancients".

Welcome Catherine!

The White Lady of the Hofburg

My latest novel – Wrath of the Ancients – is largely set in Vienna, Austria’s imperial capital and surely one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in the world. Its streets team with culture and its proud residents are almost fiercely protective of their enigmatic, sometimes quirky, and endlessly fascinating home, where everyone from Strauss to Klimt and Freud lived and worked.
It is a city that once held sway over the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, with palaces on almost every street and a royal family – the Hapsburgs – who had more than their fair share of grief and tragedy. It is also a city steeped in legends and, in common with so many, has its own version of the White Lady ghost.
In this case, the White Lady concerned is of unknown origin and there is even dispute as to her appearance. The Wittelsbach family who married into the Hapsburg dynasty more than once even claimed she wasn’t dressed in white at all, but that she wore black. Maybe she changed her appearance to suit her audience. But whatever she looked like, all agree, if she was around, that could only mean one thing. Imminent death.

In summer 1888, she walked the corridors of the Hofburg and within a few months, Crown Prince Rudolf, heir to the throne, died - almost certainly by his own hand - in his father’s hunting lodge at Mayerling. His mistress – Sophie Vetsera - also lay dead beside him, killed by a shot from the same rifle that killed him. Rumours still persist that Rudolf was murdered, but nothing has ever been proved. His distraught parents – Emperor Franz Josef and his beautiful wife, the troubled Empress Elisabeth, were left devastated.
But the White Lady hadn’t finished with them. In the spring of 1898, she appeared at the Hofburg again. Elisabeth – known in the family and to posterity as Sisi – was a Wittelsbach by birth, who had married her first cousin. There are conflicting accounts as to whether the ghost was dressed in black or white – either, it seems, would have been appropriate in this case as it was the Empress’s impending death which had caused the ghost to walk again. Elisabeth spent as little time as possible at home in Vienna, preferring to tour her favourite parts of Europe, including Corfu and Madeira. She was in Switzerland on September 10th and it was in Geneva that she was fatally stabbed by Luigi Lucheni, an Italian anarchist who didn’t even know who she was – merely that she was a royal personage and he wanted to kill one.

It was said that a few days prior to her assassination, Sisi herself saw the White Lady in the garden of her hotel, looking up at her. She sent servants to chase her away but the ghost vanished.
The White Lady appears to have made her final walk 1914 when she appeared to the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II to warn him of the devastation that was to come. She heralded the imminent death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Shortly afterwards, the Archduke and his wife were brutally assassinated by Bosnian revolutionary, Gavrilo Princip and World War I broke out soon after.
1918 would see a very different map of Europe and the end of most of the European monarchies. Wilhelm II was luckier than most in that he escaped with his life, spending a happy retirement in the Netherlands until his death, by natural causes, in 1941.
There have been no reports of this particular White Lady since the Hapsburg monarchy was deposed. Let’s hope she has found peace at last.

Destiny In Death
Egypt, 1908
Eminent archaeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .
Vienna, 1913
Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.
Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . 
Wrath Of The Ancients
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About the Author:

Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor. Cat’s novels include the Nemesis of the Gods trilogy - Wrath of the Ancients, Waking the Ancients and Damned by the Ancients, plus The Devil’s Serenade, The Pendle CurseSaving Grace Devine and many more. She lives with her long-suffering husband, and a black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshiped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue. Cat and her family divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales.

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