Encyclopedia > Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor

  Article Content

Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor

Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (July 9, 1578 - February 15, 1637), ruled 1620-1637. Originally Archduke of Styria, his appointment as King of Bohemia was one of the causes of the Thirty Years War.

He was the son of Karl II of Austria (1540-1590) and his wife Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551-1608).

He was the leading champion of the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation and of absolutist rule during the Thirty Years' War.

His first wife was Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574 - 1616), by whom he was father of four children, including Ferdinand III (1608-1657). His second wife was Eleonore of Gonzaga (1598 - 1655).

Preceded by:
Mathias, Holy Roman Emperor
List of German Kings and Emperors Succeeded by:
Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

... Hypospadias[?] is a form of abnormal development of the urethra in the male, where the opening is not quite where it should be (it occurs lower than normal in ...

This page was created in 28.6 ms