Who Was Queen Anne Of Austria?

Anne of Austria,was the daughter of King Philip III of Spain and the mother of Louis XIV of France

Anne of Austria, queen of France, was the daughter of Philip III, king of Spain. She was born in 1601 and died January 20, 1666. She was married December 25, 1615 to Louis XIII, King of France, and was mother of Louis XIV. Hardly any queen of France was so slandered or so unhappy.

Cardinal Richelieu, the all-powerful minister of the weak Louis XIII, dreading the influence of Anne, succeeded in prejudicing the mind of the king against her. The king allowed Anne to be continually persecuted, exiled, and at times, left to suffer the greatest poverty. Richelieu accused her of conspiracy with the Dukes of Lorraine, with England, and with her own brother, the King of Spain.

When Richelieu represented her as wishing to divorce Louis to marry another Anne was compelled to appear before the king's counsel to answer this charge. Her dignity here came to her aid and she wouldn't even make a direct reply. She merely observed, contemptuously, that too little was to be gained by the change, to render such a design on her part probable.

At the death of Louis XIII, the parliament in 1643 appointed her regent during the minority of Louis XIV. The Cardinal Mazarin, who was said to have been her lover, ruled in her name, and this occasioned the revolt known in French history as the Fronde.

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