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The Royal Women

A roundup of the Maria Theresa Year

As the Year of Maria Theresa comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the articles! Total articles published: 35 Top 5 articles Marriage to Francis of Lorraine  Maria Johanna – The smallpox inoculation Joseph II – The male heir Charles Joseph  – Do not weep for me, mother Maria Elisabeth [read more]

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The death of Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

The last edition of our series, the Year of Maria Theresa focuses on the death of her mother, Elisabeth Christine. Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel was born on 28 August 1691 in Brunswick Brunswick-Lüneburg as the eldest daughter of Louis Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen. When she was just 13-years-old, she became engaged to Archduke [read more]

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The Death of Empress Maria Theresa

The next edition of our series “The Year of Maria Theresa: Death of an Empress” focuses, on the end of Empress Maria Theresa’s, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, 63-year life. On 13 May 1717, Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, the future Holy Roman Empress, was born to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and Elisabeth Christine of [read more]

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Marie Antoinette of Austria – Madame Déficit

Her Majesty has given birth to a small yet perfectly healthy Archduchess. – Count Khevenhüller The Archduchess On the morning of 2 November 1755, Maria Theresa gave birth to her 15th child, a daughter named Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, they would call her Antoine. Like her siblings before her, her early youth was spent with [read more]

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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]