People/Characters: Maria Nikolajewna, Herzogin von Leuchtenberg

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Empress Alexandra Fiodorovna by O. I. Barkovet︠s︡
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna and Her Palace in St.Petersburg by Zoia Belyakova
The Grand Duchesses: Daughters and Granddaughters of Russia's Tsars by Arturo E. Beéche
Die Herzen der Leuchtenberg. Chronik einer napoleonisch-bayerisch-europäischen Familie by Adalbert Prinz von Bayern
Honour and Fidelity: The Russian Dukes of Leuchtenberg by Zoia Belyakova
Leuchtenberg - Zeit des Adels in Seeon und Stein by Kloster Seeon
Nicholas I: Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias by W. Bruce Lincoln
Die Preußin auf dem Zarenthron: Alexandra, Kaiserin von Russland by Marianna Butenschön
Prinzessin Auguste Amalie von Bayern 1788-1851: Eine Biographie aus napoleonischer Zeit by Armin Schroll
Traum der Jugend goldner Stern by Königin Olga Nikolajewna von Württemberg
Unter Zaren und gekrönten Frauen by Egon Caesar Conte Corti
Die weiße Rose Preußens: Das Leben der Charlotte von Preußen, Kaiserin von Russland 1798-1860 by Sabine Schenkel

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Maria Nikolajewna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (1819–1876) was born a Grand Duchess of Russia as daughter of Tsar Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra (Princess Charlotte of Prussia). In 1839, she married Maximilian, Duke of Leuchtenberg, a grandson of Josephine de Beauharnais. The tsar agreed to this unconventional marriage on the condition that the couple live in Russia. He built the Mariinsky Palace in St. Petersburg for them. Marie became an art collector and President of the Imperial Academy of Arts.

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