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Maria Christina of Austria

The Year of Marie Antoinette – Marie Antoinette & her sister Maria Christina (Part two)

Read part one here. Maria Christina and her sister would not see each other for quite some time, but there was no love lost. Maria Christina and her husband focused on creating a cultural court, and they also began collecting art. Unfortunately, although they had been promised the governorship of the Austrian Netherlands, they had [read more]

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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]