Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

Born in 1747 and died in 1792.

As was quite norm at the time, the 2nd and 3rd sons not expected to be involved with succession, Leopold was at first educated for the priesthood.

It was believed that his hostility towards the church came as a result of the forced and strict theological studies to which he was forced to apply himself are believed to have influenced him against the Church.

Just as his parents, he also had 16 children.

On the death of his elder brother, Charles Joseph, in 1761, it was decided that he should succeed to his father's grand duchy of Tuscany which was created to an apanage especially for a second son. Of course, this was also created as a condition to his marriage on 5 August 1764 with Maria Luisa of Spain, daughter of Charles III of Spain.

On the death of his father in 1765, he succeeded to the grand duchy.

Leopold was famous in Florence for his numerous extra-marital affairs, which despite having 16 children by his loyal wife, continued..

Among his lovers was Countess Cowper, wife of the 3rd Earl Cowper, who was given honours by Leopold’s brother, Joseph ll, in compensation of his humiliation.


Archduke Peter Leopold of Austria

FULL NAME: Peter Leopold Joseph Anton Joachim Pius Gotthard

BORN: May 5th 1747

DIED:  March 1st 1792


Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

King of Germany, Hungary, Bohemia (1790 - 1792)

King of Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia and Lodomeria, Rama, Serbia, Cumania and Bulgaria.

Archduke of Austria (1765 - 1790)

Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765 - 1790)

Duke of Burgundy, Lorraine, Styria, Carinthia and Carniola.

Grand Duke of Etruria.

Grand Prince of Transylvania.

Margrave of Moravia,Burgau, Upper and Lower Lusatia, Pont-a-Mousson and Nomenum

Prince of Brabant, Limburg, Luxembourg, Geldern, Württemberg, Upper and Lower Silesia, Milan, Mantua, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Auschwitz, Zatoria, Calabria, Bar, Ferrete and Teschen.

Lord of Svevia and Charleville.

Count of Habsburg, Flanders, Hannonia, Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca.

Count of Namur, Valdemons, Albimons, Zütphen, Sarverda, Salma and Falkenstein.

Lord of the Wend Margravate and Mechelen

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