Maria Theresia of Austria

Maria Theresa of Austria contracts smallpox

In May 1767, Maria Theresa celebrated her 50th birthday but an epidemic was coming to the household. Maria Josepha of Bavaria, her daughter-in-law, was the first one to fall ill and Maria Theresa was with her when she received the diagnosis. She stayed to comfort and kiss her, but then came down with smallpox herself. [read more]