Archduchess Maria Anna Josepha of Austria


Archduchess Maria Anna Josepha of Austria
Maria Anna Josepha of Austria
Electoral Princess of the Palatinate
Tenure 26 May 1685 – 4 April 1689
Spouse Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine
Father Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother Eleonora Gonzaga
Born 30 December 1654
Regensburg
Died 4 April 1689 (aged 34)
Vienna

Maria Anna Josepha of Austria (30 December 1654 – 4 April 1689) was the youngest surviving daughter of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor and his third wife Eleonora Gonzaga.

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Biography

Maria Anna Josepha's mother Eleonora was the third wife of Ferdinand. The first two wives had all provided Maria's father with a son but Eleonora didn't until 1657 when she gave birth to a son called Ferdinand, born in the year of the death of his father. The infant died the following year. Maria Anna Josepha also had two sisters Eleonora of Austria who became Duchess of Lorraine by her marriage to Charles V, Duke of Lorraine in 1678. Another sister was Theresia Maria Josefa of Austria who was born 1652 but died one year later.

Maria Anna Josepha married 1678 aged 24 to Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine the son of Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine and Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt. Maria Anna gave birth to two baby boys, both of them died in infancy, she died aged 34 in 1689. Her husband remarried to Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, this marriage was childless. If Maria Anna had lived for another year she would have became the Electress Palatine. She died of tuberculosis.

Ancestors

As well as being a descendent of the Gonzaga family and the Holy Roman Emperors her great great great grandmother was Eleonora de' Medici, this meant that among her ancestors were the Medici family. Two of her surviving half sibling, her half sister was Mariana of Austria who became Queen of Spain and mother of Charles II of Spain, her half brother was Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor who susceeded their father.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles II of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferdinand II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Anna of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferdinand III
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William V of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Anna of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Renata of Lorraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Anna Josepha of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles I of Mantua
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles II Gonzaga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catherine of Mayenne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eleanora Gonzaga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francesco IV Gonzaga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Gonzaga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Margarida of Savoy
 
 
 
 
 
 

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