Gregory Brown
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Department of Philosophy
University of Houston
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Maximilian I.

Holy Roman Emperor (1493-1519)

born March 22, 1459, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
died Jan. 12, 1519, Wels

archduke of Austria, German king, and Holy Roman emperor (1493–1519), who made his family, the Habsburgs, dominant in 16th-century Europe. He added vast lands to the traditional Austrian holdings, securing the Netherlands by his own marriage, Hungary and Bohemia by treaty and military pressure, and Spain and the Spanish empire by the marriage of his son Philip. He also fought a series of wars against the French, mostly in Italy. His grandson succeeded to the vast Habsburg realm and the imperial crown as Karl V.

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