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He was the son of Maximilian II Emanuel, elector of Bavaria. His family was split during the War of the Spanish Succession and was for many years under house arrest in Austria. Only in 1715 did the family become re-united. His brother Klemens August of Bavaria, later archbishop and elector (Kurfürst) of Cologne, who mostly sided with the Austria Habsburg-Lorraine side during the Habsburg successions, did cast his vote for him and personally crowned him emperor at Frankfurt. After Charles Albert's short reign Klemens August again leaned toward Austria.
Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
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