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Albert II of Habsburg

*1397 (Vienna, Austria), †1439 (Neszmély, Hungary)

King of Bohemia and a member of the Habsburg dynasty; Albert was the son-in-law of Sigismund of Luxembourg and father of Ladislaus the Posthumous. He became an Austrian duke in 1404, was crowned King of Bohemia and Hungary in 1437 and was made Holy Roman Emperor in 1438. He was an experienced warrior, and fought against the Hussites as a scrupulous Catholic. He was the first Czech king to complete the coronation journey from the King’s Courtyard to Prague Castle, where he was crowned in St. Vitus’ Cathedral (29. 6. 1438). He died a year later, during the march against the Turks, when he became diseased with diabetes in the swamps of southern Hungary.

 

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