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 Post subject: 'Will DNA test solve Habsburg imperial mystery?'
PostPosted: 29 Dec 2016, 13:13 
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Was Tomas Masaryk, first president of Czechoslovakia, really an illegitimate son of the Emperor Franz Josef?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/38129757


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 Post subject: Re: 'Will DNA test solve Habsburg imperial mystery?'
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I saw that just now, JayB! Instantly thought of the Emperor Carol in the Violet Needham books.

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I think people are putting 2 and 2 together and making about 57 there, but it would certainly be interesting if the speculation turned out to be right :D .

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And is it of any importance one-way-or-the-other?


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Victoria wrote:
And is it of any importance one-way-or-the-other?

My thoughts too! I didn't want to be told that Anastasia was definitely one of the bodies the Russians identified. I much preferred the Anastasia theories! Same with the Lost Dauphin - I'm still not convinced he died in the Temple and would much rather he was smuggled to safety and led a quiet, safe life elsewhere.

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Who cares about it? I don't, I have enough to worry about with what goes on in my life.

Sorry if I seem uncaring, but all this is history, and just absolutely irrelevant to the problems of today.

And who doesn't have too little time and money?

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 Post subject: Re: 'Will DNA test solve Habsburg imperial mystery?'
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Well, I think it's fascinating - thanks for posting, JayB... :D

Looks like they've got a few hurdles to jump before approaching an answer, though.

(To me, this is much more interesting than Danny Dyer being descended from Edward III, for instance, becuase surely many of us in the UK could claim that, if we had an army of genealogists to investigate it for us...)


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Yes I too think it is fascinating, as will a great many other Czechs....

Thank you JayB

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Victoria wrote:
And is it of any importance one-way-or-the-other?

Does it have to be important to be intriguing? :lol: I think it's fascinating. Perhaps it's just that we like to know!!!

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sealpuppy wrote:
Instantly thought of the Emperor Carol in the Violet Needham books.

I've never read any Violet Needham. I think I tried one once and couldn't get into it. Perhaps I should try again, because it's the sort of thing I ought to like.

I think the whole Richard III thing has made more people aware of what can be done these days. At least no-one's proposing digging anyone up this time - I think that is a step too far when the person concerned had a proper burial the first time round and it's solely to satisfy someone's curiosity.

I do find all the European monarchies and their connections fascinating, though.


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Yes I think it will be interesting, especially after I watched the fascinating three programmes on Vienna and the Hapsburgs recently.

I do enjoy a bit of history! One of my "moments" in my life was being quite by accident at a Requiem Mass for Marie Antoinette in St Denis in Paris. Strangely mesmerising to see all those aristocratic survivors.


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