She married the dull Emperor Ferdinand I who abdicated in favor of Franz Joseph in 1848, one of the changes brought on by a wave of progressive movements that swept Europe that year. She never consumated her marriage, according to her Wikipedia article. Franz Joseph was not next in line, his brother Franz Karl was, but Franz Karl's wife, Sophie of Bavaria, persuaded Franz Karl to also step aside in favor of his son Franz Joseph. Sophie of Bavaria is now renowned as Empress Sisi's foe. In spite of all of this, she was often portrayed.