I knew Otto died of syphilis but wasn't aware of such creepy details.
ADss Maria Teresa was a true mother to her step-children.
She was the only member of the IF to defy the boycot Emperor Franz Josef decreed and attended Franz Ferdinand's wedding.
I am glad to know see she also was close to her step-son.
Wonder about her relation with Otto's wife ADss Maria Josepha as Maria Teresa was D.Miguel's daughter and Maria Josepha was D.Pedro IV's gr.grand-daughter, both descendants of the rival Bragança brothers.
: As a consequence of his sexual escapades he
: became infected with syphilis. At that time
: there was no effective treatment for this
: disease, a circumstance that condemned
: patients to lingering agony. The
: consequences of the infection in Otto’s case
: were so severe that he disappeared from
: public life: his nose became deformed and he
: had to wear a prosthesis made of rubber. His
: larynx began to disintegrate, a process that
: was extremely painful and resulted in an
: offensive odour from the putrefying tissue.
: Otto spent his last years in seclusion in a
: villa in Döbling, a well-to-do suburb of
: Vienna, looked after by ‘Sister Martha’, the
: pseudonym used by his last mistress, the
: operetta singer Louise Robinson, who
: remained faithful to him to the end. The
: only remaining contact with the imperial
: family was his step-mother, Archduchess
: Maria Teresa, who visited him regularly.