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Amelie of Leuchtenberg by marasop Amelie of Leuchtenberg by marasop

She was the seconde empress of Brazil as the wife of Pedro I. She also was the granddaughter of Josephine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon and empress of the French.

After the death of his first wife, Austrian archduchess Maria Leopoldina, in December 1826, Emperor Pedro I of Brazil (King Pedro IV of Portugal, usually referred to as Dom Pedro) sent the Marquês de Barbacena to Europe to find him a second wife. His task was not easy; several factors complicated the search. First, Dom Pedro had stipulated four conditions: a good family background, beauty, virtue and culture. Conversely, the emperor of Brazil did not have a particularly good image in Europe: his relationship with the Marchioness of Santos was notorious, and few eligible princesses would leave the courts of Europe to marry a man who had a reputation as unfaithful, assuming also five stepchildren. To make matters worse, the former father-in-law of Dom Pedro, Francis I of Austria, had a low opinion of his son-in-law's political views, and apparently acted to prevent a new marriage to ensure that his grandchildren would inherit the throne of Brazil if they survived infancy.

After refusals by eight princesses turned the ambassador into an object of scorn in the courts of Europe, Barbacena, in agreement with the Emperor, lowered his requirements, seeking for Dom Pedro a wife merely "good and virtuous." Amélie now became a good possibility.  She came from a particularly distinguished and ancient line on her mother's side, the Wittelsbachs, but her father, linked to Napoleon Bonaparte, was not generally recognized as a Royal because of the hatred still arrayed against the onetime French Emperor in much of Europe. However, that was her sole "defect". The princess was tall, very beautiful, well proportioned, with a delicate face. She had blues eye and a brownish-golden hair.


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more about her: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amélie_of_Leuchtenberg

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Pixie-Wildflower Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Fantastic!
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marasop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thanks! :heart:
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
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marasop Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Thanks! :D
She was really lovelly! And the most beautiful empress of my country! :)
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