Austrian queen and Dowager Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Maria Theresa (1717-1780) was a key figure in the power politics of eighteenth century Europe. She brought unity to the Habsburg Monarchy and was considered one of its most capable rulers. Her sixteen children included Marie Antoinette, Queen consort of France.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has commented:
(Austria) was a very great country and regarded as one of the motherly countries. You’ve been a very balanced country. You had Maria Theresa, as a very great, great queen, I think, and all this happened there, there was a Raja-Lakshmi there.
(1984-0202: Talk to Austrian yogis)
Even your queen who lived during the time of Mozart was a realized lady, perhaps you do not know about her.
(1984-0906: Public meeting, Vienna)
If I say that Maria Theresa, the queen, was a realized soul, you can feel it. Your hands act like the antennae of a computer. (1985-0509)
Olivier Bernier, Imperial mother, royal daughter: the correspondence of Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986)
P.G.M.Dickson, Finance and government under Maria Theresia, 1740-1780 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)
Maria Theresa of Austria and her Schonbrunn Palace