HUNGARY: Looming King

The Habichtsburg ("Hawk's Castle") stood anciently upon a bluff near the confluence of the Rhine and Aar. From it the later Royal and Imperial House of Habsburg took its name almost 1,000 years ago. Once Holy Roman Emperors, at various later periods Emperors of Austria, Kings of Germany, Hungary, Bohemia, Spain and finally Emperors of Austria-Hungary, this potent family reached its apogee during the 68-year reign of the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary (born 1830, ascended 1848, died 1916). Last week the Hungarian press blazed with rumors that a kinsman of the...

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