Empress Maria Theresa

Birth: 1717

Death: 1780

Maria Theresa was Holy Roman Empress for forty years (1740-1780) and a devout Catholic. Her youngest daughter was Marie-Antoinette, who was married to the future king Louis XVI of France in 1770 in a bid to strengthen a relatively new alliance between Austria and France (the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756).





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22 October: The Execution of Marie-Antoinette

The execution of the former queen Marie-Antoinette on 16 October 1793, after a highly politicised show trial at the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal, was...

Portrait by Martin van Meytens, 1759

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