The Year of Maria Theresa: Pragmatic Sanction 1713

April 19, 2017 Carol 0

On 19 April 1713 Maria-Theresa’s father, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and head of the House of Hapsburg, issued his Pragmatic Sanction, an imperial decree designed to ensure that his hereditary lands were not broken up on his death and that they could be inherited by his female descendants. The Hereditary lands consisted of the [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Battle of Mollwitz

April 10, 2017 Brittani 0

The Battle of Mollwitz occurred on 10 April 1741 between Prussia and Austria. At this point, Austria was in the beginning stages of the War of the Austrian Succession. It took place in Mollowitz, Silesia, which is modern day Małujowice, Poland. Prussia’s King Frederick II, who came to the throne just three months before Maria Theresa, fought his first battle here and would [read more]

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]

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