Bourbon Dynasty: Anne of Austria: Queen of the Waiting Game ( 1601-1666)
Anne of Austria
Actually born and raised in Spain, Anne married Louis XIII when she was only 14. She was a member of the powerful House of Hapsburg.
She was vain and lazy but had beautiful skin and thick chestnut hair. She was specially proud of her hands which were said to “be made to hold a scepter”.
After 23 years Louis was tricked into sleeping with his wife and result was his heir, Louis XIV. His son was called the God-Given and was considered somewhat of a miracle.
She spent her energies protecting and raising her sons till their majority. She also indulged in both feverous piety and gambling.
Note: Anne loved jewelry. She specially liked bracelets because they drew attention to her hands.
Note on Lenticular: The background shows the violence of the Fronde( a civil war between the monarchy and the nobility) and the reverse shows Anne’s main purpose in life, her son Louis XIV and the crown she protected.