|Burial Imperial Crypt|
Siblings Maria Anna of Bavaria
Name Princess of
|Mother Caroline of Baden|
|Born 27 January 1805
Munich, Bavaria (1805-01-27) |
Issue Franz Joseph I of Austria Maximilian I of Mexico Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria
Father Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria
Died May 28, 1872, Vienna, Austria
Spouse Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (m. 1824)
Children Franz Joseph I of Austria, Maximilian I of Mexico
Parents Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, Caroline of Baden
Similar People Franz Joseph I of Austria, Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Duke Maximilian Joseph in
Princess sophie of bavaria archduchess of austria
Princess Sophie of Bavaria (Sophie Friederike Dorothea Wilhelmine; 27 January 1805 – 28 May 1872) was born to King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his second wife Caroline of Baden. She was the identical twin sister of Princess Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen of Saxony as wife of Frederick Augustus II of Saxony. Her eldest son Franz Joseph reigned as Emperor of Austria, and King of Hungary; her second son Maximilian reigned as Emperor of Mexico.
- Princess sophie of bavaria archduchess of austria
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On 4 November 1824, she married Franz Karl, Archduke of Austria. Her paternal half-sister, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, had married the groom's widowed father, Francis II, in 1816. Sophie and Franz Karl had six children.
Her ambition to place her oldest son on the Austrian throne was a constant theme in Austrian politics. At the time she was called "the only man at court". During the Revolution of 1848, she persuaded her somewhat feeble-minded husband to give up his rights to the throne in favour of their son Franz Joseph. After Franz Joseph's accession, Sophie became the power behind the throne. Historically, Sophie is remembered for her extremely controlling relationship with Franz Joseph's wife Sisi, who was also her niece.
Sophie kept a detailed diary most of her life, which reveals much about Austrian court life. She was deeply affected in 1867 by the execution in Mexico of her second son Maximilian. She never recovered from that shock, and withdrew from public life. She died of a brain tumor in 1872.
She was also noted for her close relationship with Napoleon II, who lived at the Austrian Court as the Duke of Reichstadt. There were rumors of a sexual affair between them. There was even suspicion that Maximilian, born two weeks before Reichstadt's death in 1832, was actually his child. These claims were never verified, but it is certain that they were very good friends and that his death affected her very much. She is said to have turned into the cold, ambitious woman described in fiction after he died.