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Wars And Weddings On The Horizon

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Empress María’s family was reunited in Vienna in June, 1566. Elizabeth's organ teacher Guillaume Formellis was busy doing his part in supporting the war effort and developing an image of the warrior emperor. For the next three years Empress María and her court lived most of the time in Vienna. By this time, her sister-in-law Queen Katherina of Poland had finally been allowed to return, so for almost exactly a year, Vienna was home to both an empress and a queen, the first now 38, the second 33 years old. Empress María's Christianity in which Elizabeth was being trained was deeply marked by the veneration of saints, particularly Saint Mary. The last twist in the story of the marriage negotiations surrounding Archduchess Elizabeth and her sister Anna occurred in November, 1568 when news arrived in Vienna of the death of Queen Elisabeth of Spain.

Keywords: Archduchess Elizabeth; civil war; Empress María’s; Maximilian's marriage strategy



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