The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Josepha

March 19, 2017 Moniek 0

On 19 March 1751 Maria Theresa gave birth to her ninth daughter, Maria Josepha. She and her elder sister Maria Johanna were placed under the supervision of Countess Lerchenfeld. Maria Theresa was very particular about the food they could eat. Maria Theresa wrote to the Countess, I insist on their eating everything, with no fault-finding [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of a Male Heir (Joseph II)

March 13, 2017 Moniek 0

The birth of the future Emperor Joseph II on 13 March 1741 was a relief. The longed-for male heir was born just a few months after his grandfather’s death. The birth was celebrated hugely, and it even pleased the Hungarians. “Today, in the early morning, between two and three o’clock, Her Majesty the Queen of Hungary [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Amalia

February 26, 2017 Brittani 0

As a continuation of our series regarding “The Year of Maria Theresa,” we take a look at the birth and life of her daughter, Maria Amalia.  On 26 February 1746, Maria Theresa gave birth to her eighth child, and sixth daughter, in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria. She was given the full name [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Marriage to Francis of Lorraine

February 12, 2017 Amy 1

On 12th February 1736, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria married Duke Francis Stephan III of Lorraine. The pair had known each other since childhood and were distant cousins. Maria Theresa’s family had offered shelter to Francis’s father and grandfather who were both born in Austria, during a period of exile from their Duchy Lorraine. Despite [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Elisabeth

February 5, 2017 Moniek 0

On 5 February 1737 Maria Theresa gave birth to her first child, named Maria Elisabeth. The birth of a daughter was a great disappointment as a son and heir would have solidified her mother’s position as heiress to the Habsburg lands. Despite this, she was a lively child and a favourite of her grandfather the Emperor Charles [read more]

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