Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
Historical Figure
Nationality: Austria-Hungary
Date of Birth: 1868
Date of Death: 1914
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Occupation: Lady-in-waiting, Nobility
Spouse: Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Children: Four, including one stillborn
House: Hohenberg,
Hapsburg (by marriage)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Date of Death: 1914
Cause of Death: Killed in an explosion
Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1 March 1868 - 28 June 1914) was the wife of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Theirs was a morganatic marriage, meaning that their children were ineligible for succession to the throne, thus the next in succession was Franz Ferdinand's nephew Archduke Karl. On 28 June 1914, she and her husband were shot to death by terrorist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, an act which helped touch off World War I.

Sophie in Southern Victory Edit

Duchess Sophie and her husband Archduke Franz Ferdinand were killed when a bomb was thrown into their car and exploded, as they rode through the streets of Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.[1] This act helped spark the Great War.


  1. American Front, pg. 15, PB.