Maria Theresa of Austria

The Year of Marie-Antoinette – Marie Antoinette & her mother Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa of Austria was born on 13 May 1717 as the eldest of two surviving daughters of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Her father attempted to secure her succession to the Habsburg lands with the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713. She eventually succeeded him, although it triggered the War of [read more]

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Maria Theresa of Austria – ‘No equal amongst the sovereigns of this century’ (Part five)

Read part four here. Marie-Antoinette was receiving a crash course in basically everything she needed to know as Queen of France, but she continued to be “unruly” and “tomboyish”, much to her mother’s horror. However, we cannot forget that she was still only 15 years old. On 19 January 1770, Marie Antoinette married the Dauphin [read more]