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Spain reconquered the duchies in the war of succession (1745); they were recovered by Austria in 1746; and Maria Theresa again surrendered them to Don Philip, infante of Spain, in 1748.
When war was regarded as likely the martinella was attached to the door of the church of Santa Maria in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence and rung to warn both citizens and enemies.
Even ever-smiling Maria, the newly hired helper, put her smile on hold and looked ready to cry.
So far, wee Maria stood head and shoulders over any other domestic helper Bird Song had employed.
Monday was cleaning day, but since smiling Maria had joined the staff, the Deans' chores were reduced considerably.