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]

The Hungarian Child: Marie Valerie of Austria

April 13, 2017 Franziska 0

An unusual childhood Archduchess Marie Valerie Mathilde Amalie was born on the 22nd of April 1868 as the fourth child and the third daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife Elisabeth, also famously known as Sisi. Her birth was a surprise not only to her family but also to the people [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Birth of Maria Elisabeth

February 5, 2017 Moniek 0

On 5 February 1737 Maria Theresa gave birth to her first child, named Maria Elisabeth. The birth of a daughter was a great disappointment as a son and heir would have solidified her mother’s position as heiress to the Habsburg lands. Despite this, she was a lively child and a favourite of her grandfather the Emperor Charles [read more]

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