The Year of Maria Theresa: Maria Theresa contracts smallpox

May 14, 2017 Moniek 0

In May 1767 Maria Theresa celebrated her 50th birthday but an epidemic was coming to the household. Maria Josepha of Bavaria, her daughter-in-law, was the first one to fall ill and Maria Theresa was with her when she received the diagnoses. She stayed to comfort and kiss her, but then came down with smallpox herself. [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of a future Empress

May 13, 2017 Brittani 0

On 13 May 1717, Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, the future Holy Roman Empress, was born to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the early morning at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. She was baptised in the Roman Catholic Church later that evening. Her godmothers were named as Holy Roman Empress Wilhelmine Amalia, an aunt and Eleonor [read more]

The Year of Maria-Theresa: Birth of Maria Christina

May 13, 2017 Carol 0

Maria Christina was born on Maria Theresa’s 25th birthday, on May 13, 1742, and was her fifth child. Maria Theresa called her Mimi, and it was said that she was her favourite child. Certainly, her tutors felt she was the brightest of the Hapsburg children. She was also pretty and an accomplished painter and her [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Coronation as Queen of Bohemia

May 12, 2017 Amy 0

In 1740, Maria Theresa should have succeeded her father as ruler of Bohemia as part of her hereditary claim. The accession did not go as planned. Doubts over Maria Theresa’s right to rule, as a woman, were a perfect excuse for European powers such as France to attempt to curtail Habsburg power. Though technically Salic [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: birth of the future Leopold II

May 5, 2017 Moniek 0

The future Emperor Leopold II was born on 5 May 1747 in Vienna as the third son of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen. As the third son, he was not expected to rule one day, and he was at first educated for the priesthood. However, his studies seemed to have influenced him against the church. [read more]

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