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Author:  Jean-Fran├žois [ Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:59 pm ]
Post subject:  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?

Regards,

Jean-Fran├žois

Author:  Ludy [ Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:20 am ]
Post subject:  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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