Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony (1867–1944)
|Archduchess Maria Josepha|
31 May 1867|
Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony, North German Confederation
|Died||28 May 1944
Erlangen, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Nazi Germany
|Spouse||Archduke Otto Francis of Austria|
|Issue||Charles I of Austria
Archduke Maximilian Eugen
|Father||King George of Saxony|
|Mother||Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal|
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 entered into a relationship with 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 behaviour for a widow.
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 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
- Robert Seydel: Die Seitensprünge der Habsburger. Ueberreuterverlag Wien, 2005
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