The Year of Maria Theresa: Maria Anna – The Learned Abbess

October 6, 2017 Moniek 0

Archduchess Maria Anna or Marianna of Austria was born on 6 October 1738 at the Hofburg Palace as the eldest surviving daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis of Lorraine. As the eldest surviving child, she was heiress presumptive until the birth of her younger brother Joseph. She received an education but not much was expected of [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: The second Maria Carolina

September 17, 2017 Brittani Barger 0

In continuation of our “Year of Maria Theresa” series, we take a look at the birth of (the second) Maria Carolina. Born on 17 September 1748, Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria was born to Maria Theresa I, Holy Roman Empress and Francis of Lorraine. She was the second child of the couple to be named Maria Carolina. She [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Maria Elisabeth – Abbess of the Convent for Noble Ladies

August 13, 2017 Brittani Barger 2

Born as the sixth child of Maria Theresa I, Holy Roman Empress and Francis of Lorraine, Maria Elisabeth Josepha, called Liesl by family, was born on 13 August 1743 in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Archduchy of Austria, Holy Roman Empire. She was born during a time of unrest. The Treaty of Breslau had just been signed a year earlier, and her mother crowned herself as Queen of [read more]

Gisela of Austria – The neglected daughter

July 27, 2017 Franziska 0

Early childhood Gisela Louise Marie, Archduchess of Austria, was born on 12 July 1856. She was the second daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife, the famous Empress Elisabeth. Although her christening name was Gisella, she wrote her own name with only one l. Her mother Elisabeth was only 18 years [read more]

The Last Empress – Zita of Bourbon-Parma

June 29, 2017 Moniek 0

Zita of Bourbon-Parma was born on 9 May 1892 in the Reale Villa della Pianore as the daughter of Robert I, Duke of Parma and Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal. She was given the names Zita Maria delle Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese at her baptism on 11 May. She was the fifth child [read more]

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