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Martha Schad

»This woman who writes to rescue great women from oblivion know what she has let herself in for. The intensity of her work springs from the life experience of a woman who was already 40 years of age before she found history as her academic field.« With these words, journalist Elisabeth Morhard adequately describes the writer.

Dr. Martha Schad, born 1939 in Munich, studied history and art history at the university of Augsburg and wrote her PhD about the subject The Women of the House Fugger von der Lilie. Martha Schad lives near Augsburg, she is married and has two grown-up children. As a volunteer, she is involved in the care for the cultural affairs of the city Augsburg and head of the Richard Wagner Society. She works as a freelanced historian and as a book author.

Newest Book Non-Fiction
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Stalin's Daughter
The Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin's only daughter, born in 1926, left the Soviet Union in March 1967, capturing the world's attention. Opinions were divided. Some thought she was a courageous woman who had set out for the freedom of the West others viewed her as a "corrupt deserter and traitor", or considered her departure as anti-soviet propaganda. Svetlana Alliluyeva's memoirs show that she was neither the one nor the other. She was not a dissident, although she stated that she rejected her father's crimes. But as Stalin's daughter she was also torn by her ambivalent feelings towards her father and his henchmen. Stalin's terror as a public figure is common knowledge, but his brutality, especially his anti-Semitism, extended also to his own family circle: In 1932 Svetlana's mother died under mysterious circumstances and her first love was mercilessly banned to a Siberian Gulag. After her spectacular flight to New York, she lived in the USA for seventeen years. Her yearning to be with her two children in Moscow was the reason she returned to her homeland. While she had felt unfree in the West, and watched by the CIA, she now felt followed by the KGB. She fled Russia again. The search for her roots was linked to her search for comfort in religious belief. It leads her from the Russian Orthodox church to Protestantism and, finally, she stayed in a Roman Catholic convent in England for three years. No matter which way she went, she repeatedly burned all her bridges behind her, and completely covered her tracks. Her present residence is unknown. This first German language biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva Stalina is a knowledgeable and highly sensitive description of this extraordinary destiny and the odyssey of a fascinating woman searching desperately for a life of her own, free from her father's long shadows.

  • HC: Verlagsgruppe Lübbe 2004

  • PB: Verlagsgruppe Lübbe 2005

  • HC: Langen Müller Herbig 2013

  • Sold to: Czech Republic (Euromedia Group k.s.), Russia (AST Publishers), Latvia (Apgads Atena), Lithuania (Musu Knyga), Poland (Bertelsmann Media), Romania (S.A. Humanitas S.A.), France ((Editions de L'Archipel), China (People's Publishing House/Oriental Press), Hungary (Európa Könyvkiadó), Lithuania (UAB Ramduva)


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Hitler's Spy Princess
The Extraordinary Life of Stephanie von Hohenlohe

A girl is determined to make her way up: Stephanie Richter, a young woman from Vienna, coming from a poor background, marries a prince and becomes a Hohenlohe-Waldburg-Schillingsfürst. With the help of political intrigues, she comes to meet powerful men such as Fritz Wiedemann, Hitler's personal adjutant, and the foreign minister Von Ribbentrop. In spite of her Jewish origin, she manages to get close to Hitler who calls her his "dear princess". For him, Stephanie von Hohenlohe is playing off her international relations, especially those with high Nazi-sympathisers in England. 1940, she immigrates to the USA and finds contact to the highest political circles but is still interned as a German spy. After the war, she manages to gain a foothold in Germany once again, working with the leading figures of the newly growing newspaper landscape, such as Henri Nannen and Axel Springer.

  • HC: Heyne 2002

  • PB: Heyne 2004

  • Sold to: UK (Sparkford), The Netherlands (Uitgeverij De Fontein bv.), Korea (Darunwoori Publishing Co.), Spain (Editiones Peninsula SA), Russia (Premiere Publishing House), Hungary (Mérték Kiado), China (Qun Zhong Publishing House), Japan (Shogakukan Inc.)


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  • HC: Herbig 2010

  • Movie & TV: Rights free (AVA international)


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  • HC: Herbig 2009

  • Sold to: Finland (Minerva Kustannus Oy)

  • Movie & TV: Rights free (AVA international)


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Ludwig Thoma and the Women

Ludwig Thoma (1867-1921), one of the most popular poets of our time, is here for the first time presented in a unique way: reflected by the women who played a role in his life, women he loved, admired, disliked and hated.

»[...] an important contribution about Thoma and his time.« (Buchprofile)

«[...] well researched, packed with information, lively written« (FAZ)

  • Pustet 1995

  • E-Book: hockebooks 2015


Coffee Table Book/Picture Book
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  • HC: Stiebner Verlag 2008


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Die berühmtesten Frauen der Weltgeschichte
Von der Antike bis zum 17. Jahrhundert

  • HC: Marix 2007


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God's Mighty Servant
Sister Pascalina and Pope Pius XII.

The riveting portrait of a powerful woman in a man’s world – the Vatican under Pius XII.

For forty years she remained at Pope Pius XII’s side. Never before did a woman yield such power in the Vatican as this nun who came from Altötting, a little Bavarian site of pilgrimage. In 1919 she took a post as housekeeper to Nuntius Eugenio Pacelli and went on to become the influential private secretary of Pope Pius XII. She accompanied the holy father on his apostolic voyages and ran the papal charitable organization in Rome. She was a close associate of cardinals Faulhaber from Munich and Spellman from New York. Martha Schad charts the path through life taken by Sister Pascalina on the basis of hitherto unknown archive material.

  • Herbig 2007

  • Movie & TV rights: Ziegler Film GmbH & Co KG

  • Sold to: Italy (Edizione San Paolo S.r.l.), Poland (Wydawnictwo M. Sp. z.o.o.)


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Komm und setz dich, lieber Gast
Am Tisch mit Bert Brecht und Helene Weigel

  • HC: Collection Rolf Heyne 2006


Extraordinary Book
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Zu Gast bei Kaiserin Elisabeth und König Ludwig II

  • Collection Rolf Heyne 2004


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Romanzen auf der Roseninsel

  • HC: Rosenheimer Verlagshaus 2005


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Mozart's First Love
The cousin Marianne Thekla Mozart

In October 1777 twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was scheduled to appear in Paris. During a two-week stopover in Augsburg he became acquainted with his cousin Marianne Thekla Mozart, and romance blossomed. Mozart gave expression to his love in the notorious 'Baesle' letters, whose coarse and graphic language resulted in the majority of their contents being withheld from the public. Now that the letters are available, Martha Schad presents the life story of Marianne Thekla Mozart, an ordinary woman who played a formative role in the renowned composer's life.

  • PB: Wißner-Verlag 2004


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Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898), Bavarian princess, wife of Franz Joseph I. and Empress of Austria-Hungary, was much more than the sweet girl played by Romy Schneider: She was an eccentric, intelligent, highly sensitive woman who went her own way. On 10 September 1989, in Geneva, she was murdered by an Italian anarchist.

»[...] between academic writing and popular portrait.« (Salzburger Nachrichten)

  • DTV 2002

  • Sold to: Japan


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My one und only love

Mathilde Wesendonck, Richard Wagner's beloved Muse - in exile in Zurich, the composer started a stirring love affair with the wife of a business man. The affair lasted almost a year, until Wagner's wife Minna put a sudden end to it. This so far unique biography shows the importance Mathilde Wesendock had for Wagner, who put her "Five Poems for a Female Voice" into music in his "Wesendonck Songs".

«A portrait of a sparkling woman [...]« (Salzburger Nachrichten)

  • HC: Langen Müller 2002


Hitler and the Women
Edited by Ulrike Leutheusser

Hitler and the women - rich supporters and brave opponents, enthusiastic admirers and uncritical yes-women, brutal perpetrators and humiliated victims. National Socialism was not only concerning men, but women as well

  • HC: DVA 2001

  • Sold to: Estonia


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Women against Hitler
Life Stories Under The National Socialists

They were journalists, physicians, politicians, teachers, students, wives and mothers; they belonged to high society or came from the working class: women who put up a resistance against Hitler and his Nazi terror system, thus giving a unique example of personal courage. This book is for the first time dedicated to a group of women who have been long forgotten by the public. Not only the deed of famous resistance fighters such as Sophie Scholl or Marion Gräfin Dönhoff are mentioned, but also the life stories of less known women are told. Biographies of women who lost their life fighting against the Nazi regime or of those brave women rising successfully against the regime in the Rosenstraße in Berlin.

»[...] an important addition to the newer Hitler research.« (news)

  • HC: Heyne 2001

  • PB: Heyne 2002

  • Sold to: Netherlands (Uitgeverij de Fontein bv.), Korea (Darunwoori Publishing Co.), Spain (Editiones Peninsula SA), Russia (Premiere Publishing House)


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Ludwig II., King of Bavaria

Like no other king, Ludwig II. Of Bavaria has managed to live on in the heart of his people, mainly because of his gigantic buildings. His death remains an unsolved mystery and the story of his life raises new questions again and again.

»[...] combines the personal with the public.« (Darmstädter Echo)

  • PB: DTV 2000

  • Sold to: England, Japan


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Women Who Moved the World

They were scientists of the highest rank, their paintings and compositions were of no less value than those of their male contemporaries, they had visions and designed philosophical systems. But for millenniums, the male view put their achievements in the shade. This is about strong women - women who had to fight their way often under the most adverse circumstances and against all chauvinistic prejudices. With an open mind and historical wit, Martha Schad gives them the rank they really deserve.

»100 women, one book... women and womens' lives.« (Augsburger Allgemeine)

  • HC: Pattloch 2000

  • HC: Verlagsgruppe Weltbild 2000

  • HC: Pattloch 2001


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Marie Valérie
The Diary of the Favourite Daughter of the Empres Elisabeth

"This diary of Archduchess Marie Valerie represents an excellent source for biographies and historians, as the people next to her, the parents Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, the siblings Rudolf and Gisela, and finally the uncles and aunts, the cousins, the Tuscany family in Italy, the Hungarian relatives, are all portrayed or even analysed in a completely actual, often unvarnished way. Critical, troubled by doubts about herself, about her times, about the monarchy, the journal writer also describes herself, as a child, as a bride, as a wife and mother..." (Extract from the preface by Peter Prince Altenburg, a grandson of the Archduchess)

  • HC: Langen Müller 1998

  • HC: Special Edition 2000

  • Sold to: Italy, Hungary


The Royal House of Bavaria
The Story of the House of Wittelsbach

The house of Wittelsbach, one of the most important dynasties in Europe, kept the Bavarian throne for more than 100 years (1806-1918). The story and the fate of the country were decided by Maximilian I. Joseph, Ludwig I., Maximilian II, Ludwig II., prince regent Luitpold and Ludwig III. This illustrated book documents for the first time extensively in 300 etchings, paintings and photos - large parts of them unpublished - not only the political events of the period, the patronage and the architecture of the rulers, but first and foremost the history of the Bavarian royal family and their descendants up to this day: The private life of the royal family, the happy events and the strokes of fate, the marriage strategies and the relationships with the other European dynasties and last but not least the role the house of Wittelsbach plays in today's public life.

»[...] a representative work« (Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft)

  • HC: Bechtermünz 1999

  • PB: Pustet 1994


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Elisabeth and her Daughters

Sophie who died young, her stunningly beautiful sister Gisela and Marie Valeria, the enchanting youngest member of the family, have so far stood in the shadow of their famous brother Rudolph, the heir to the throne who tragically died in 1889. This book with its numerous gorgeous illustrations and documents is completely dedicated to the three daughters of the emperor Franz Joseph and empress Kaiserin Elisabeth and to their descendants up to the present day.

»[continues] the history of the house of Habsburg up to the present« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

  • HC: Langen Müller 1997

  • PB: Piper 1999


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Cosima Wagner and King Ludwig II. of Bavaria

Complete for the first time and excellently sorted, the so far almost unknown correspondence between Cosima Wagner-Bülow-Liszt and King Ludwig II. of Bavaria is presented here. It shows the intimate exchange of thoughts between a highly educated regent and his "dear friend", and at the same time it is the masterpiece of Cosima's brilliant diplomacy. The letters throw light on the biographical twilight of the years 1865 - 1869 - the period between Richard Wagner's autobiography and Cosima's later journals. These are the years of the "secret" marriage between Wagner and Cosima; they saw the premieres of his epoch-making operas "Tristan" and "Meistersinger" as well as the fight for his own opera house and the influence of the royal residence Munich.

»[an] exiting document of German cultural history« (FAZ)

  • HC: Lübbe 1996

  • PB: Piper 2004


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The Princely House Thurn und Taxis
(Together with Martin Dallmeier)

»[...] a really festive book« (Der Herold)

  • HC: Pustet 1996


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Bavaria's Queens

Bavaria's Queens (1806-1918) were descendants of the leading royal houses of Europe. Their contemporaries spoke enthusiastically about their beauty, intelligence and kindness, and all four royal consorts played their own part in the ruling of Bavaria. In the (male dominated) pages of history, their place has so far been denied to them. In this book, the eventful life stories of Bavaria's queens are told for the first time. We learn about the things they liked and disliked, about their far from easy roles as wives and mothers, about their public appearance, about blows of fate, scandals and humiliations.

»Queens as wives, mothers and human beings: It is only now that Bavaria's history from 1806-1918 comes to life.« (Prof. Dr. Pankraz Fried, Universität Augsburg)

»Triumph and misery of the Bavarian queens [...]« (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • HC: Pustet 1992

  • PB: Piper 1998 – 5. Aufl. 2003


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Afra - Pictures of a Saint

Personality and life of the early Christian martyr Afra from Augsburg lay hidden in the darkness of legend. In spite of or rather because of this, the Saint, who is worshipped with the bishops Ulrich and Simpert as a patron of the diocese Augsburg and is seen by many as a second Mary Magdalene, has been artistically portrayed in varied ways, throughout the century and up to our present times.

  • HC: St. Ulrich 1993


The Women of the House Fugger von der Lilie

The House of Fugger - that means legendary riches and international influence. In the 15th century, the Augsburg family of craftsmen and merchants managed to rise from a simple family of weavers to the most important house of merchants. Their way was smoothed by their women who brought in their dowries and the work of their hands. With a determined marriage strategy, connections up to the nobility of the realm were made. With their gentle power, the women pulled the strings of the family politics. In the times of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Fugger women, who were looked after by the Jesuits in Augsburg, as well as the protestant Fugger women in the County Ortenburg played an enormously important and even political role. It was the aim of this book to rescue the women of the House of Fugger from the footnotes of the pages of history and to depict their unconventional personalities and their eventful lives.

  • Mohr 1989

  • St. Ulrichs Verlag 1997

  • PB: Piper 2003