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Empress And Imperial Daughter

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With the death of her grandfather much changed for Queen María and Archduchess Elizabeth. Elizabeth left the familiar confines of the castle at Wiener Neustadt and discovered anew her birthplace on the Danube. María was the first Holy Roman Empress in a quarter of a century. For Elizabeth, the rather confused time following the death of her grandfather, marked as it was by the change in residence, funeral and mourning, war rumors, and personnel shifts, was undoubtedly an anxious one. Elizabeth's grandfather Ferdinand, who had a major influence in the upbringing of his grandchildren, had known the Spanish writer Juan Luis Vives while the two of them had lived at Ferdinand's aunt Margarete's court in the Low Countries. Elizabeth grew up in a world where the threat of the Ottomans was often present.

Keywords: Danube; Elizabeth; Empress; Empress María; Ferdinand; Imperial Daughter; Juan Luis Vives; Margarete; Ottomans; Wiener Neustadt



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