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 The fate of an unmarried Austrian Archduchesses... 
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Post The fate of an unmarried Austrian Archduchesses...
I've often wondered what would happen if an Austrian Archduchess did not marry. Maria Theresa was able to rule in place of a man, but what would an unmarried Archduchess do, and where would she live if unmarried? Were they assigned titles such as: Archduchess of <insert province>, and if so, were they able to reside in the province and manage it without a husband?

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Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:59 pm
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Post Re: The fate of an unmarried Austrian Archduchesses...
A few archduchesses never married, as you know. Two of MA's sisters, to begin with, Maria-Anna, who was invalid, and Maria-Elisabeth, who had been disfigured by the smallpox : Louis XV had considered her as a possible bride, and she used to be very beautiful indeed before the ill-fated disease broke out. Both became nuns.

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