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]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Johanna

February 4, 2017 Moniek 0

On 4 February 1750 Maria Theresa gave birth to a daughter named Maria Joanna Gabriella Josepha Antonia. She was the 11th child and 9th daughter for Maria Theresa and Francis. She was born at the Hofburg Palace. She spent her childhood in the Kindskammer (imperial nursery) with her large family. From the age of 5 she received [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Charles Joseph

February 1, 2017 Moniek 0

On 1 February 1745 Maria Theresa gave birth to a second son with the full name: Charles Joseph Emanuel Johann Nepomuk Anton Prokop. He soon became his mother’s favourite son and he was known to have hated his elder brother, Joseph. The rivalry was strengthened by the fact that Charles had been born to a reigning Emperor [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Carolina

January 12, 2017 Amy 0

On 12 January 1740, a third daughter was born to Maria Theresa and her husband Duke Francis of Lorraine. The child was named Maria Carolina and was born at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. The birth of another girl was a disappointment to the family. Maria Carolina’s grandfather was Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI who was also [read more]

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