Friday, April 12, 2019

Empress Maria Feodorovna

From Historic Women Daily:
Maria Feodorovna (née Duchess Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg) (25 October 1759 – 5 November 1828) was Empress consort of Russia as wife of Emperor Paul I (son of Empress Catherine the Great). Maria Feodorovna and her husband Paul had 10 children together, including: Alexander I (Emperor of Russia), Nicholas I (Emperor of Russia), Anna Pavlovna (Queen of the Netherlands), Alexandra Pavlovna (Archduchess of Austria), Catherine Pavlovna (Queen of Württemberg), Maria Pavlovna (Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach). She had 4 sons and 6 daughters. She was a good and loving mother, and despite the fact that Catherine the Great took over her two eldest children in their early years, Maria Feodorovna managed to maintain close relationships with them, as with all her children. They remained genuinely attached to her.

During reign of Paul I Maria Feodorovna had a great and beneficial influence over her husband. She was clever, talented, purposeful and energetic, and was a nearly perfect Imperial consort. Maria Feodorovna loved all the arts and supported them generously, she also devoted energies to the great charities and educational institutions. After her death in 1828, Maria Feodorovna’s memory was revered by her children and grandchildren and her successors as Empress consorts looked up to her and used her as a role model. (Read more.)

There is a section about Maria Feodorovna in my book, Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars.
The Empress and her daughters

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