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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]

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Elisabeth of France (1764 - 1794)

The Year of Marie Antoinette – Marie Antoinette & Madame Elisabeth (Part two)

Read part one here. Elisabeth joined her brother and his family in the Tuileries, where some semblance of social life was kept up. She and Marie Antoinette supervised the education of the Dauphin, Louis Charles, and Madame Royale, Marie Thérèse. In June 1791, she accompanied her brother and his family on their unsuccessful escape attempt, [read more]