women history meme → queens [2/5]
↳ Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen consort of Naples and Sicily
“[Maria Carolina] had been portrayed in extreme terms. She had been condemened as ambitious, negligent of her people. […] Historiography, biography, and fictional literature have described and evaluated Maria Carolina’s power and its range and agency quite differently. Contemporary accounts of the Queen were extremely negative, overstated the rang of her power and her misuse of it, or exaggerated her sexual appetite. In the eighteenth century, women rulers faced growing crisiticism for playing a visible role and stepping out of the domestic sphere deemed appropriate for women.” – W. Maierhofer, G. M. Roesch, Women Against Napoleon.