Austria

The tragic death of Maria Josepha of Austria

Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria (Maria Josepha Gabriela Johanna Antonia Anna), the twelfth child of Maria Theresa I, Holy Roman Empress and Francis of Lorraine, was born on 19 March 1751 in Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. The Archduchess, who was described as “delightfully pretty, pliant by nature” in Marie Antoinette, The Journey by Antonia Fraser, would have a short life, but she did [read more]

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Austria

The disinherited daughters of Joseph I

When Maria Theresa of Austria ascended the throne, it was due to her father’s efforts in getting the Mutual Pact of Succession amended into the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713. Her father was Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and he had succeeded his brother, Joseph I in 1711 as Joseph had no male heirs. However, he did have [read more]

Maria Josepha of Saxony
Maria Josepha of Austria

Maria Josepha of Saxony – Mother of Kings

Maria Josepha of Saxony is not really a well-known person, perhaps because the man she married died before he became King, but she became the mother of three Kings, including the tragic Louis XVI. Maria Josepha was born the daughter of Frederick Augustus II, Prince-Elect of Saxony and King of Poland and Maria Josepha of [read more]