Midwife Diplomacy. The Recruitment of a Midwife for Empress Margarita María Teresa de Austria (1666-1673)
Other Titles: 
Comadreo diplomático. La contratación de una matrona para la emperatriz Margarita María Teresa de Austria (1666-1673)
Keywords: 
Midwifery
Obstetrics
Spanish Court
Imperial Court
Ambassadresses
Margarita maria de Austria
Leopold I of Austria
ambassador Franz Eusebius von Pötting
Ana d'Avalos
Lucia Panesi
Issue Date: 
2020
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
1139-0107
Citation: 
Aichinger, W. (Wolfram); Standhartinger, C. (Christian). "Midwife Diplomacy. The Recruitment of a Midwife for Empress Margarita María Teresa de Austria (1666-1673)". Memoria y Civilización. 23, 2020, 583 - 602
Abstract
During her stay in Vienna, from 1666-1673, empress Margarita María Teresa de Austria, who was of Spanish origins, gave birth four times and died when she was pregnant with a fifth child. The question of what midwife would best serve her was repeatedly discussed at the highest diplomatic level. The reputation of these midwives depended not only on their performance in the delivery room. Royal midwifery was linked to culture and language, to the intrigues of rivalling parties at court or frictions between the different branches of the Casa de Austria. Midwifery thus offers the opportunity to study from a new perspective the mechanisms of dynastic alliances and the symbolic value attributed to the body of female aristocrats.

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