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Maria-Magdalena Barbara Braganza Bourbon
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Birth: Dec. 4, 1711
Lisbon
Lisboa Municipality
Lisboa, Portugal
Death: Aug. 27, 1758
Madrid, Spain

Maria-Magdalena was the only daughter of King Joao V of Portugal and his wife Marie Anne Josefe, Archduchess of Austria.

She was the sister of:
Infante of Pedro
Infante Carlos
Infante Alexandre
King Pedro III
King Jose I

On 20 January 1729, she married King Ferdinand VI of Spain.

Queen Barbara had a love for ostentation and luxury and became extremely corpulent. Since her youth, she had been trained by the composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) and as a result she could sing with merit, play the harpsichord and even compose. Scarlatti had followed her to Spain, where he became the court music master.
Barbara spent much of her time in a state of neurosis. Like her husband, she went about daily in fear of sudden death, which her corpulence and asthmatic tendency may have encouraged. She was also fearful that, if her husband died before her, she would be plunged into poverty. In reality she accumulated a fortune far in excess of her own needs and by her will she gave it all to her brother, King Jose I of Portugal. She established a convent in Madrid where she wanted to retire as a widow. It was opened in September 1757, but by that time her coughing had increased. Soon afterwards, she took to bed suffering terrible pain. As the months passed, boils broke out over her whole body. Near the end, she could hardly breathe, and her once corpulent body had shrunken to a hardly more than a carcass. Ferdinand refused to be separated from her even during the last stages of her illness. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jo„o V of Portugal (1689 - 1750)
  Maria Anna Josepha of Habsburg (1683 - 1754)
 
 Spouse:
  Ferdinand VI de Bourbon (1713 - 1759)*
 
 Siblings:
  Barbara de Braganza (1711 - 1758)*
  Maria-Magdalena Barbara Braganza Bourbon (1711 - 1758)
  Pedro Braganza (1712 - 1714)*
   Josť I (1714 - 1777)*
  Carlos Braganza (1716 - 1736)*
   Pedro III (1717 - 1786)*
  Alexandre Braganza (1723 - 1728)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sao Vicente de Fora
Lisbon
Lisboa Municipality
Lisboa, Portugal
Plot: Braganza Pantheon
 
Created by: Goddess
Record added: Oct 03, 2009
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Maria-Magdalena Barbara <i>Braganza</i> Bourbon
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