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Playing Queen: In The Women's Court At Vienna And Wiener Neustadt, 1554–1560

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Archduchess Elizabeth of Habsburg was born in the Hofburg, the royal castle in Vienna, during the summer of 1554. Elizabeth's first years were spent in the old and crowded castle. The conglomeration of Hungarian and Iberian cultures at Queen María’s court is also evident in the material culture of the women who served there. The religious situation at the court in which Elizabeth was growing up was confused and likely confusing to the young archduchess. In Vienna, the Moravian war preacher and crusader Bishop Antonín was being firmly instructed by Ferdinand to improve the moral conditions in the city and the diocese, particularly among the clergy. The halls and chapels of the Habsburg castles, whether in Vienna or in Wiener Neustadt, resounded in the latest vocal and instrumental styles. Queen María’s and Queen Elisabeth's courts had similar establishments in 1560.

Keywords: Archduchess Elizabeth; Hofburg; Queen María’s; Vienna castle; Wiener Neustadt



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