Maria Francisca Benedita of Portugal

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Maria Francisca Benedita de Bragança, Infanta of Portugal and Brazil

Maria Francisca Benedita of Portugal , full name Maria Francisca Benedita Ana Isabel Antónia Lourença Inácia Teresa Gertrudes Rita Joana Rosa de Bragança (born July 25, 1746 in Lisbon , † August 18, 1829 ibid) was an Infanta of Portugal and Brazil and Princess of Beira.


Infant José Francisco de Bragança, Prince of Beira

Maria Francisca was the youngest daughter of King Joseph I of Portugal (1714–1777) and his wife the Infanta Maria Anna Victoria of Spain (1718–1781), eldest daughter of King Philip V of Spain and his second wife Princess Elisabetta Farnese of Parma. Her paternal grandparents were King John V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria .

On February 7, 1777, Infanta Maria Francisca married her nephew Infanta José Francisco de Bragança , Prince of Beira (1761–1788), eldest son of her sister Maria , who was also her cousin as the son of her uncle in Lisbon . Her father died two weeks after the marriage, and her sister and uncle climbed together as Maria I and Peter III. the Portuguese throne.

The marriage remained childless. Don José Francisco died as early as 1788 of complications from smallpox , eleven years after the marriage. Maria Francisca Benedita accompanied the royal family to Brazil and returned with them in 1821. She died in Lisbon in 1829 and was buried in the monastery of São Vicente de Fora .


  • Jiří Louda, Michael MacLagan: Lines of Succession. Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe. Little, Brown and Company, London 1999, ISBN 0-316-84820-4 .

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