Maria

by: Richard Siv

Game Type(s): Wargame
# of Players | icon Players: 2 - 3
Age: 14 +
Available Languages

MSRP: $59.95
Status: In-Print
Stock Number: 453
UPC: 655132004534

In October 1740, Charles VI, the German emperor and the
Austrian head of state, dies. Succession falls on his oldest
daughter, the 23 year old Maria Theresa. However, by Imperial
law and tradition, women cannot succeed to the Imperial
throne.
Although the other states of Europe had agreed to Maria
Theresa's succession only a few years before by signing the
Pragmatic sanction, her enemies now regard Austria as easy
prey. Bavaria and Saxony lay claim to large swathes of
Hapsburg possessions. Supported by France, Bavaria is even
claiming the Imperial title itself. And what could be easier to
achieve? Austria is isolated and ruled by a young, inexperienced,
and, it is assumed, weak woman.

In December 1740, the War of the Austrian Succession
nally breaks out. Seizing the opportunity, Frederick II of
Prussia – himself King for only six months – invades the
Austrian province Silesia, driven by his ambition for power
and personal glory. The Prussian surprise attack takes Silesia
with scarcely a ght.
In Spring 1741, Bavaria, Saxony and France take up arms
as well. Engulfed by this wave of attacks, Austria seems
doomed.
However, the attackers have underestimated Maria Theresa,
her strength of character, and her erce tenacity. Against
the advice of her ministers, she is not willing to give up the
smallest part of her heritage . . .

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