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Anne of Austria, Granddaughter of Juana of Castile,Great-Niece of Catherine of Aragon

Anna of Austria (Prague, July 7, 1528 – Munich, October 16, 1590) was the daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and his wife Anna of Bohemia and Hungary (1503–1547).

 

She was engaged several times as a child, first to Prince Theodor of Bavaria (1526–1534), then to Charles of Orleans (1522–1545), but both died young.

 

Anna finally married on July 4, 1546 in Regensburg at the age of 17 , Duke Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, the brother of her first fiancé. The wedding gift was 50,000 Guilder. The couple lived at the Trausnitz Castle in Landshut, until Albert became Duke.

 

Anna and Albert had great influence on the spiritual life in the Duchy, and enhanced the reputation of Munchen as a city of art, by founding several musea and the Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek.

Anna and Albert were also patrons to the painter Hans Müelich, and composer Orlando di Lasso.

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