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QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE)
Born: September 10, 1638 in El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: July 30, 1683 in Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
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ueen Maria Teresa (1638-1683). Maria Teresa was born to King Philip IV and Queen Elisabeth of France as Infanta of Spain at the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. Her mother died when she was only six years old. As a member of the House of Habsburg, the Infanta was entitled to use the title of Archduchess of Austria. Maria Teresa is still famed for her piety and virtue. Dissimilar to France, the kingdom of Spain did not have Salic Law, so it was possible for a female to assume the throne, so when Maria Teresa's brother Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias, died in 1646, she became heiress presumptive to the immense Spanish Empire and remained such until 1657, when Philip Prospero, Prince of Asturias, was born. However, when he also died in November 1, 1661 Maria Teresa was again heiress presumptive until November 6, 1661, when Prince Charles was born, and who would later inherit the thrones of Spain as Charles II. In 1658 the war with France began to wind down and a union between the royal families of those nations was proposed as a means to secure peace. Maria Teresa and the French king were double first-cousins. So, King Philip IV sent a special envoy to the French court to start negotiations for peace and royal marriage, and they were intense. Eager to prevent a union of the two countries or crowns, especially one in which Spain would be subservient to France, the diplomats sought to include a renunciation clause that would deprive Maria Teresa and her children of any rights to the Spanish succession. This was eventually done but, by the skill of Mazarin and his French diplomats, the renunciation and its validity were made conditional upon the payment of a large dowry. As it turned out, Spain, impoverished and bankrupt after decades of war, was unable to pay such a dowry, and France never received the agreed sum of 500,000 ecus. A marriage by proxy to the French king was held in Fuenterrabia. The bride was accompanied by her father and the entire Spanish court to the Isle of Pheasants in the Bidassoa, where Louis and his court met her. On June 7, 1660 Maria Teresa left Spain and two days later the marriage took place in Saint-Jean-de-Luz at the then recently rebuilt church of Saint Jean the Baptist. After the wedding, Louis wanted to consummate the marriage as quickly as possible. The new queen's mother-in-law (and aunt) arranged a private consummation instead of the public one that was the custom. On 26 August 1660, the newlyweds made the traditional Joyous Entry into Paris. Louis was faithful to his wife for the first year of their marriage, commanding the Grand Maréchal du Logis that they were never to be set apart, no matter how small the house in which they might be lodging. Despite the King enjoyed the legitimate passion that Maria Teresa felt for him, the couple would later have difficulty with compatibility. Queen Maria Teresa stared gaining weight with the years and withdrew into her circle of dwarfs, the traditional attendants to a Spanish Infanta, which she had brought with her from Spain. The first time Maria Teresa ever saw the Palace of Versailles was on 25 October 1660. At that time, it was just a small royal residence that had been Louis XIII's hunting lodge not far from Paris. Later, the first building campaign (1664-1668) commenced with the Plaisirs de l'Île enchantée of 1664, a week-long celebration at Versailles ostensibly held in honour of France's two queens, Louis XIV's mother and wife, but exposed Louise de La Vallière's role as the king's maîtresse-en-titre. The celebration of the Plaisirs de l'Île enchantée is often regarded as a prelude to the War of Devolution, which Louis waged against Spain. The first building campaign witnessed alterations in the château and gardens in order to accommodate the 600 guests invited to the celebration.The installment that King Louis made of Louise de La Vallière as his official mistress caused so much pain to the Queen, for which Louise would later tender a public apology. Maria Teresa was very lucky to have found a friend at court in her mother-in-law, unlike many princesses in foreign lands. As she did not have any interest in politics or literature, she continued to spend much of her free time playing cards and gambling. Consequently, she was viewed as not fully playing the part of queen designated to her by her marriage. But more importantly, she became pregnant in early 1661, and a long-awaited son was born on 1 November 1661. As time passed, Queen Maria Teresa learned to tolerate her husband's prolonged infidelity with Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan. The king left her to her own devices, yet reprimanded Madame de Montespan when her behavior at court too flagrantly disrespected the queen's position. Later, the governess of Montespan's illegitimate children by the king, Madame de Maintenon, came to supplant her mistress in the king's affections. At first she resisted the king's advances and encouraged him to bestow more attention on his long-neglected wife, a thoughtfulness which Maria Teresa repaid with warmth toward the new favorite. After the queen's death, Maintenon would become the king's second, although officially secret, wife. So, Maria Teresa played just a little part in political affairs except for the years 1667, 1672 and 1678, when she acted as regent while her husband was away on campaigns on the frontier. During the last week of July 1683 Queen Maria Teresa fell ill and, as her illness worsened, her husband ordered for the sacraments to be kept nearby. She died a painful death on July 30, 1683 at Versailles.
  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/11/1655  - HFSID 53120
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/11/1655 - HFSID 53120
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Ronman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also mentions her anger for the cancellation of a comedy due to her step-mother Queen Mariana of Austria's headache and sends regards to her beloved sister

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/12/1653  - HFSID 52981
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/12/1653 - HFSID 52981
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France and daughter of King Philip IV writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also alludes to her loneliness and a hunt in which her step-mother Queen Mariana of Austria participated.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/13/1653  - HFSID 52982
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/13/1653 - HFSID 52982
    The Spanish Infanta, Queen of France and daughter of King Philip IV writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also expresses concern for the health of the Countess, mentions a visit by Soplo and thank for some lemons the Countess had sent her

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/14/1653  - HFSID 52983
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/14/1653 - HFSID 52983
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) The Spanish Infanta pens this letter to the Countess de Salvatierra expressing her regrets about not being able to visit Autograph Letter Signed: "Maria Teresa" in iron gall ink. 2p, 8½x12. January 14, 1653.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/15/1653  - HFSID 52984
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/15/1653 - HFSID 52984
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also assures personal good health and an almost frustrated hunt, mentioning his father King Philip IV and step-mother Queen Mariana of Austria

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1655  - HFSID 53121
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1655 - HFSID 53121
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes an unusual letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also mentions a hunt made by his father King Philip IV, a soon visit to her sister, the deliciousness of some candies sent to her and shows curiosity in knowing if there was true a female ghost was surrounding the palace

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1655  - HFSID 53123
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1655 - HFSID 53123
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also refers to a comedy that her stepmother Queen Mariana of Austria would attend and a soon visit to her sister, sending regards to specific persons

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: C - HFSID 53328
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: COUNTESS OF SALVATIERRA (ANTONIA MARCELA DE ACUÑA Y GUZMAN) - HFSID 53328
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France replies to a letter from the Countess of Salvatierra (signing with old Spanish signature) expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also alludes to a party, a headache of her stepmother Queen Mariana of Austria, a scare and the weather in El Pardo

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1653  - HFSID 52980
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1653 - HFSID 52980
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France and daughter of King Philip IV writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also alludes to a visit made to the Capuchin friars, a cute dog, her loneliness, a hunt and the good weather.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1655  - HFSID 53125
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1655 - HFSID 53125
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a warm letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also sends her condolences for the death of a dog and refers to a headache of her stepmother Queen Mariana of Austria

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1653  - HFSID 52986
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1653 - HFSID 52986
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for having seen her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also expresses her happiness for the recovery of the Countess and her sister and informs the Countess of her safe arrival to El Pardo.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: C - HFSID 53330
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: COUNTESS OF SALVATIERRA (ANTONIA MARCELA DE ACUÑA Y GUZMAN) - HFSID 53330
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (MARIE THÉRESE) OF FRANCE and the CONDESA DE SALVATIERRA The Infanta, heir to the Spanish throne, corresponds with the Countess of Salvatierra about her health and good spirits Autograph letter signed: "Maria Teresa" in brown ink. 2 pages front and verso, 8¼x12. Two letters written on same paper.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1653  - HFSID 52987
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1653 - HFSID 52987
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (MARIE THÉRESE) OF FRANCE The Infanta, heir to the Spanish throne, writes to friend about her sister's, the future Holy Roman Empress Margaret Theresa, good health Autograph letter signed: "Maria Teresa" in brown ink. 1 page, 12x8½ flat, 6x8½ folded.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1655  - HFSID 53127
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1655 - HFSID 53127
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a warm letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also asks the Countess if her granddaughter had a safe arrival and alludes to a visit to Our Lady of Succor and the cold weather in Pardo

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/23/1655  - HFSID 53128
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/23/1655 - HFSID 53128
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also confesses she felt envy of his father King Philip IV for the visit he made them, and instructs the Countess to send some letters to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns and the jewelry keeper

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/23/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: C - HFSID 53331
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/23/1657 CO-SIGNED BY: COUNTESS OF SALVATIERRA (ANTONIA MARCELA DE ACUÑA Y GUZMAN) - HFSID 53331
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France replies to a letter from the Countess of Salvatierra (signing with old Spanish signature) expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also informs her about her safe return to Pardo and the good weather

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/24/1653  - HFSID 52989
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/24/1653 - HFSID 52989
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for having seen her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also expresses her happiness for the recovery of the Countess and her sister and informs the Countess of her safe arrival to El Pardo.

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/25/1653  - HFSID 52990
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/25/1653 - HFSID 52990
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also informs her that due to the cold weather and snow her visit to see her sister would have to be cancelled, and that Dona Francisca was not well

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/26/1655  - HFSID 53130
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/26/1655 - HFSID 53130
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also refers to a visit made to the Capuchin Friars, the extreme cold in El Pardo and a hunt

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/27/1653  - HFSID 52991
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/27/1653 - HFSID 52991
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also mentions the bad health of Queen Mariana of Austria, the slaughter of a pig, her visit to see her sister and plans for the Candlemas Day

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/28/1653  - HFSID 52992
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/28/1653 - HFSID 52992
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa. The future Queen also mentions some of her activities and a funny event with Maria de Cardenas

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/29/1653  - HFSID 52993
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/29/1653 - HFSID 52993
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her happiness for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa and that her father King Philip IV visited Margarita. The future Queen also mentions a visit to the Capuchin Friars and sends regards to different persons

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/31/1655  - HFSID 53132
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/31/1655 - HFSID 53132
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also refers to a dancing and the good weather in El Pardo

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/13/1655  - HFSID 53147
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/13/1655 - HFSID 53147
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also refers to have arrived safe in Aranjuez and the good weather

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/15/1655  - HFSID 53149
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/15/1655 - HFSID 53149
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes a letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also refers to a visit, a hunt and the good weather in Aranjuez

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/16/1655  - HFSID 53150
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/16/1655 - HFSID 53150
    The Spanish Infanta and Queen of France writes an uncommon letter to the Countess of Salvatierra expressing her contentment for the good health of her sister Margarita Teresa, who would later be the Holy Roman Empress and German Queen. The future Queen Maria Teresa also informs the Countess about the upcoming wedding of Mariana de Alarcon and Monson Rubi, who already had informed his father King Philip IV about it, and that they were speculations that she was already pregnant.

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    $900.00

  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/19/1653  - HFSID 53065
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/19/1653 - HFSID 53065
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (MARIE THÉRESE) OF FRANCE The Spanish princess sends her regards to various acquaintances Autograph letter signed: "Maria Teresa" in brown ink. 1 page, 11¾x8¼ flat, 6x8¼ folded. Written at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain. April 19, 1653. Addressed to the Condesa de Salvatierra.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/19/1653 CO-SIGNED BY: C - HFSID 53064
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/19/1653 CO-SIGNED BY: COUNTESS OF SALVATIERRA (ANTONIA MARCELA DE ACUÑA Y GUZMAN) - HFSID 53064
    The Countess of Salvatierra (signing with old Spanish signature)writes a letter to the Spanish Infanta Maria Teresa to inform her about the good health of her sister Infanta Margarita Teresa and a visit made by Soplo and Dona Francisca Juana; the Countess also alludes to the loneliness felt in the palace. The future Queen replies assuring she had returned safe to Aranjuez and thanking God for the good news about her sister.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/20/1655  - HFSID 53152
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/20/1655 - HFSID 53152
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (MARIE THÉRESE) OF FRANCE The future Queen of France sends her regards to acquaintances in letter to caregiver Autograph letter signed: "Maria Teresa" in brown ink. 1 page, 11¾x8¼ flat, 6x8¼ folded. Written at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain. April 20, 1655.

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  • QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/20/1659  - HFSID 53377
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (FRANCE) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/20/1659 - HFSID 53377
    QUEEN MARIA TERESA (MARIE THÉRESE) OF FRANCE and the CONDESA DE SALVATIERRA The future Queen of France corresponds with the Countess of Salvatierra about a missing letter and a visit from the ambassador Autograph letter signed: "Maria Teresa" in brown ink. 2 pages front and verso, 8¼x12¼.

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