‘The ordinary people were not happy. They loathed the Emperor’s interference in every detail of their daily lives.’

Althouse 1/11/2013

“Why should they be forbidden to bake ginger-bread just because Joseph thought it bad for the stomach? Why the Imperial edict demanding the breast-feeding of infants? Why the banning of corsets? From these and a thousand other petty regulations, enforced by a secret police, it looked to the Austrians as though Joseph were […]