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Marie Amelie in Hunting Dress

Maria Amalia of Austria (22 October 1701, Vienna – 11 December 1756, Munich) was the daughter of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor and Amalia Wilhelmina, daughter of Duke Frederick of Brunswick-Lüneburg. During the reign of their grandfather Leopold I, a decree was signed which gave precedence in succession to the daughters of Leopold's eldest son. However, the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 (issued by their uncle, Leopold I's younger son) replaced Maria Amalia and her elder sister with their younger cousin Maria Theresa.

She married Charles of Bavaria, who was later to become Holy Roman Emperor, on 5 October 1722. She was compelled to renounce her succession rights before marriage. They had seven children:

The following anecdote is from the 5th volume of Casanova's History of My Life:

Feeling that both conscience and honor obliged me to look after the wretch, I went to the Elector's confessor and asked him for a letter of recommendation for the monk to some town in Swabia. The confessor, who was a Jesuit, received me as badly as possible. He said in passing that my reputation was well known in Munich. I asked him firmly if he was telling me this as good news or bad, and he did not answer. He simply walked away, and a priest told me that he had gone to verify a miracle of which all Munich was talking. "The Empress," he said, "the widow of Charles VII, whose body is still exposed to public view, has warm feet though she is dead." He said that I could go and see the wonder for myself. Most eager to be able to boast at last that I had witnessed a miracle, and one which was of the greatest interest to me since my feet were always icy, I go to see the illustrious corpse, which did indeed have warm feet, but it was because of a hot stove which stood very near her defunct Imperial Majesty.

German royalty
Preceded by
Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska
Electress of Bavaria
1726 – 1745
Succeeded by
Maria Anna of Saxony
Preceded by
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick
Holy Roman Empress, German Queen
1742 – 1745
Succeeded by
Maria Theresa of Austria
Queen consort of Bohemia
1741 – 1743
Succeeded by
Maria Luisa of Spain


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