Lindsay Offer grew up on tales of life in Habsburg Vienna as her father grew up in pre-war Vienna. Her grandmother was the god daughter of Sisi’s daughter-in-law Crown Princess Stephanie of Belgium and Lindsay’s great grandfather worked as an engineer on the Austro-Hungarian Railways that brought him into direct contact with Emperor Franz Josef.
Lindsay studied history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and came to Britain more than 40 years ago.
Richard Offer graduated in history and sociology from Keele University and worked in public relations. Since retiring Lindsay and Richard have caught up on their history through organisations such as the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.