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Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria (1745–1761)

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Burial  Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Name  Archduke Joseph
House  House of Lorraine
Mother  Maria Theresa
Role  1745–1761
Siblings  Marie Antoinette
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Born  1 February 1745 Vienna, Austria (1745-02-01)
Father  Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
Died  January 18, 1761, Vienna, Austria
Parents  Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, Maria Theresa
Grandparents  Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
Similar People  Maria Theresa, Francis I - Holy Roman E, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Archduke Maximilian Francis of, Archduchess Maria Amalia of

Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria (1 February 1745 – 18 January 1761) was the second son of the Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa and her husband, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.


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Charles Joseph was the favourite son of Maria Theresa and Francis. He is known to have hated his older brother, the future Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II. He ridiculed him for his haughtiness and thought himself to be more deserving of the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire because he was the first son born to Francis during his reign as emperor. Charles Joseph often said that he meant to contend with his brother for the imperial crown.

The rivalry between the brothers was ended by Charles Joseph's death from smallpox, two weeks before his sixteenth birthday. While his mother was sitting by his bed in tears, Charles Joseph told her:

You should not weep for me, dear mother, for had I lived, I would have brought you many more tears!

Charles Joseph is buried in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. His heart was buried separately in the Habsburg Crypt in the Loreto chapel of the Augustinian Church in Vienna.


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