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Empress Maria Theresa & the 18th Century Vampire Panic

Map of the Balkans, highlighting the Serbian towns of Kisiljevo and Medvedja.
Map of the Balkans, highlighting the Serbian towns of Kisiljevo and Medvedja.
Present-day blank map public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Labels added by the author.

Vampires Go Viral

King Friedrich Wilhelm painted in a suit of armor, wearing a red ermine cloak.
King Friedrich Wilhelm painted in a suit of armor, wearing a red ermine cloak.
King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. Painting from the workshop of Antoine Pesne, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Plot Thickens

Bad Heir Day

Portrait of Elisabeth Christine, showing her trim figure, blonde hair, and pale skin.
Portrait of Elisabeth Christine, showing her trim figure, blonde hair, and pale skin.
Elisabeth Christine by Andrea Vaccaro the younger, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Portrait of young Maria Theresa kneeling beside a crown.
Portrait of young Maria Theresa kneeling beside a crown.
Maria Theresa, attributed to Johann Gottfried Auerbach; public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Grand Theft Silesia

Francis painted wearing the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece.
Francis painted wearing the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece.
Francis of Lorraine, Maria Theresa’s husband. Portrait from the workshop of Martin van Meytens, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Science FTW

Gerhard van Swieten painted holding a book.
Gerhard van Swieten painted holding a book.
Gerhard van Swieten by an unknown painter, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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