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Is The Empress based on a true story? Inspiration behind the Netflix series

October 4, 2022

As a streaming service with a global audience, Netflix offers its viewers the opportunity to watch movies and series from different countries around the world.

In a story to rival ITV’s The Crown and Victoria, their latest effort is the German-language series The Empress which tells the story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

As a drama that takes place in a historical setting, viewers have wondered if The Empress is based on a true story.


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The Empress: release date and plot preview

The Empress premiered on Netflix on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Starring German actress Devrim Lingnau, the series follows 16-year-old Elisabeth, nicknamed Sisi, who falls in love with her sister’s fiancé, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria.

Their love affair sends shockwaves through the Viennese court and after their marriage, Sisi must find a way to assert herself against her power-hungry stepmother Sophie and brother-in-law, Maxi. who wants the throne of Franz. (and Sisi) for himself.

Sisi’s struggles at court also unfold against the backdrop of a wider unrest as enemy troops gather on the borders of the Habsburg Empire while the people of Vienna begin to rise up against the ruling emperor. .

Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth and Philip Froissant as Franz Joseph in The EmpressThe Empress © Netflix

Is The Empress based on a true story?

Yes, The Empress is indeed based on the real events in the life of Elisabeth of Austria.

Elisabeth, or Sisi, was born in Munich in the German region of Bavaria on December 24, 1837, and later grew up to marry Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria when she was just 16 in 1854.

As the drama series explores, Elisabeth found life at the Habsburg court incredibly daunting as she was forced to find a way to cope with her controlling and manipulative stepmother, her ambitious brother-in-law, and the strict expectations that came with her. were imposed on him.

However, as with shows such as The Crown, while The Empress is based on true events, it fictionalises certain elements for dramatic purposes.

Speaking in a press release, The Empress showrunner Katherina Eyssen said: “For me, Elisabeth’s struggle for her individual freedom parallels the struggle of the Austrian people. We do not know to what extent Elizabeth faced the oppression of her people.

“There is no diary of her. But the fact is that a strict neo-absolutism prevailed in Austria, which gave practically no rights to citizens.

“The historical Elizabeth, much like our character, was all about self-determination throughout her life. And at the same time, a whole people was struggling against oppression.

Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth in The EmpressThe Empress © Netflix

Season 2 Chances Explored [spoilers]

Netflix has yet to renew The Empress for a second season, but there are still plenty of stories to tell if Season 2 is given the green light.

As mentioned, The Empress is based on the story of Elisabeth of Austria and since the final moments of Episode 6, there is still a lot of her life left to explore.

Season 1 ends with Elisabeth discovering that she is expecting a child and venturing into a crowd of protesters and revealing the news in hopes of allaying their fury.

In real life, Elisabeth found out she was pregnant in 1854, the same year she married Emperor Francis.

As she died later in 1898 at the age of 60, there are still 44 years of her life left to explore, giving The Empress plenty of possibilities if Netflix decides to order a second season.

Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth and Philip Froissant as Franz Joseph in The EmpressThe Empress © Netflix

The Empress is available to stream now on Netflix after its release on September 29, 2022.

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