- Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony
Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony Archduchess and Princess Maria Josepha of Austria; Princess Maria Josepha of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany Spouse Archduke Otto Francis of Austria Issue Charles I of Austria
Archduke Maximilian Eugen
Full name German: Maria Josepha Luise Philippine Elisabeth Pia Angelika Margarete House House of Wettin
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father George of Saxony Mother Maria Anna of Portugal Born 31 May 1867
Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 28 May 1944(aged 76)
Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
Religion Roman Catholicism
Maria Josepha Louise Philippina Elisabeth Pia Angelica Margaret was the daughter of the future King George of Saxony (1832–1904) and Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal (1843–1884). Her maternal grandparents were Queen Maria II and King Ferdinand II of Portugal.
She was a younger sister of the last king of Saxony, Frederick Augustus III. Her maternal first cousins included (among others) Charles I of Portugal; Infante Afonso, Duke of Porto; Prince Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; and Ferdinand I of Romania. Her paternal second cousin was the ill-fated Crown Prince Archduke Rudolf while George V of the United Kingdom was her third cousin.
A pious woman, only her strength of religion enabled her to bear the burdens of marriage to the notoriously womanizing "gorgeous Archduke". His frequent absences from his family helped her goal of keeping her children away from his bad influence succeed. Eventually, however, she herself enterred in to a relationship to the actor Otto Tressler, who had been presented to her by the emperor Franz Joseph, who felt sorry for her because of the adultery of her spouse. Maria Josepha often invited Tressler to her home; he sometimes met her husband and his friends in the doorway. When her husband died, her ability to avoid extravagant displays of grief was much admired. As a widow, she ended her relationship with Tressler, probably because of her sense of what was appropriate beahaviour for a widow.
She died at Schloss Wildenwart, Upper Bavaria, a property owned by some members of the Royal Family of Bavaria. She is buried in the New Vault of the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, beside her husband.
With Archduke Otto Franz she had issue:
- Archduke Karl Franz of Austria, the last Emperor of Austria.
- Archduke Maximilian Eugen of Austria (1895–1952), who married Princess Franziska von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and had issue.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 31 May 1867 – 2 October 1886: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony, Duchess in Saxony
- 2 October 1886 – 28 May 1944: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess and Princess Maria Josepha of Austria, Princess of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany, Princess and Duchess of Saxony
- This page is a translation of its German equivalent.
- Robert Seydel: Die Seitensprünge der Habsburger. Ueberreuterverlag Wien, 2005
Princesses of Saxony, duchesses in Saxony by birth 1st generationPrincess Katharina • Anna, Landgravine of Hesse • Katharina, Electress of Brandenburg 2nd generationAmalia, Duchess of Bavaria-Landshut • Anna, Electress of Brandenburg • Margarete, Princess-Abbess of Seusslitz • Margaret, Electress of Brandenburg • Margarete, Countess of Glatz • Hedwig, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg 3rd generationChristina, Queen of the Kalmar Union • Katharina, Archduchess of Further Austria • Margarete, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg • Princess Anna 4th generationPrincess Anna • Princess Agnes • Christine, Landgravine of Hesse • Magdalena, Electoral Princess of Brandeburg • Princess Margarete • Sibylle, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg • Marie, Duchess of Pomerania-Wolgast • Emilie, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach • Sidonie, Duchess of Brunswick-Kalenberg • Princess Margarete 5th generationAnna, Princess of Orange • Princess Eleonore • Elisabeth, Countess Palatine Johann Casimir of Simmern • Princess Marie • Dorothea, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel • Princess Amalie • Anna, Duchess of Saxe-Eisenach 6th generationPrincess Anna Sabine • Sophie, Duchess of Pomerania • Princess Elisabeth • Dorothea, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg 7th generation 8th generationPrincess Sibylle Marie • Erdmuthe Sophie, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth 9th generationnone 10th generationnone 11th generation 12th generation 13th generation 14th generationPrincess Maria • Elisabeth, Duchess of Genoa • Princess Sidonia • Anna, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Tuscany • Margaretha, Archduchess Charles Louis of Austria • Sophie, Duchess Karl Theodor in Bavaria 15th generationPrincess Maria • Princess Elisabeth • Princess Mathilde • Maria Josepha, Archduchess Otto Francis of Austria 16th generationPrincess Maria • Margarete Karola, Princess of Hohenzollern • Maria Alix, Princess of Hohenzollern-Emden • Anna, Archduchess Joseph Francis of Austria 17th generationPrincess Maria Josepha • Anna de Afif, Princess of Gessaphe • Mathilde, Princess John Henry of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 18th generationPrincess Iris, 19th generationnone 20th generationnone* princes royal of Poland and Lithuania 1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generationInfanta Isabella of Portugal · Anne of Bohemia and Hungary 4th generation 5th generation 6th generation 7th generationArchduchess Margaret Theresa of Austria^ · Archduchess Claudia Felicitas of Austria^ · Countess Palatine Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg 8th generationPrincess Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg · Princess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel 9th generationnone 10th generation 11th generationDuchess Elisabeth of Württemberg** · Princess Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily** · Princess Luisa of Naples and Sicily** · Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg** · Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia** · Princess Hermine of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym** · Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg** · Princess Elisabeth of Savoy** · Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy*** 12th generation 13th generationPrincess Charlotte of Belgium · Princess Margaretha of Saxony · Princess Maria Annunciata of the Two Sicilies · Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal · Princess Anna of Saxony** · Princess Alice of Parma** · Princess Maria Immaculata of the Two Sicilies** · Princess Isabella of Croÿ · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria^ · Princess Auguste Maria of Bavaria 14th generation 15th generationPrincess Zita of Parma · Princess Franziska of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst · Princess Dorothea of Bavaria** · Countess Marie Valerie of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems** · Princess Ileana of Romania** · Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm** · Countess Maria Theresa of Waldburg-Zeil** · Princess Maria of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg · Princess Christina of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg 16th generationPrincess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen · Princess Margherita of Savoy · Princess Anne Eugénie of Arenberg · Princess Yolande of Ligne · Countess Xenia Czernicheva-Besobrasova · Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede · Countess Helena of Toerring-Jettenbach · Countess Ludmilla of Gallen · Princess Laetitia of Arenberg** · Countess Margaret Kálnoky von Köröspatak** · Maria Espinosa de los Monteros^^** · Countess Valerie of Podstatzky-Lichtenstein** · Freiin Eva Antonia von Hofmann** · Princess Anna Amelie of Schönburg-Waldenburg** · Countess Hedwig of Lichem-Löwenburg** · Freiin Edith von Sternbach** · Princess Margaret of Hohenberg · Countess Marie Christine of Hatzfeldt-Dönhoff · Eugenia de Calonge^^ · Freiin Maria Theresia von Gudenus 17th generationFreiin Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva · Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg · Princess Astrid of Belgium*** · Princess Katharina of Isenburg-Birstein*** · Bettine Götz^^ · Paola de Temesváry^^ · Baroness Marie Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck · Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg · Princess Alexandra of Wrede · Princess María of the Two Sicilies · Sara Maya Al-Askari^^ · Mayasuni Heath^^ · Countess Katharina of Hardenberg · Ashmita Goswami^^ · Elyssa Edmonstone^^** · Countess Marie Gabrielle of Waldstein** 18th generationEstelle de Saint-Romain^^*also an infanta of Spain by marriage
**also a princess of Tuscany by marriage
***also a princess of Modena by marriage
^also an archduchess of Austria in her own right
^^did not have a royal or noble title by birth
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