Following two centuries of conflicts, empress Maria-Theresa and king Louis XV negotiated a spectacular reversal of alliances in 1756. Their new alliance was sealed with marriages, not least the union between Louis-Auguste, the heir to the French throne and the young archduchess Marie-Antoinette. Was the alliance beneficial to both parties? Despite some early diplomatic and military successes, the answer to that question is far from obvious.
In the series:
Nov. 9: Charles V and Francis I
Nov. 16: Louis XIV, the Habsburgs and the War of Spanish Succession
Nov. 23: Reversal of Alliances
Nov. 30: The Habsburgs and Napoleon
Dec. 7: France and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire during WW1