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Philip I. The Beautiful – The Undeserved Most Powerful Ruler in Europe – 1478

Philip I. The Beautiful – The Undeserved Most Powerful Ruler in Europe – 1478

Had he lived, Philip I the Beautiful would surely have become emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and king of all of Spain and southern Italy, with his vast estates in Burgundy and the Netherlands.

On July 22, 1478, Philip I the Beautiful, a member of the Habsburg dynasty, was born. He was born in the city of Bruges (Bruges) in present-day Belgium, and was destined for a vast legacy. Namely, Philip I. the Beautiful was the only son of Maximilian of Habsburg, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and Austrian archduke, and even more significant was the fact that he was the only male grandson of Charles the Bold, ruler of Burgundy and owner of a large collection of countries in the richest part of Europe. countries included the areas of present-day Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, northern and eastern France, and even western Germany).

Philip I. the Beautiful married the heiress of all Spain – John of Castile, so that in 1506 he became, as her husband, co-ruler and king of Castile. If he had lived, Philip I the Beautiful would surely have become the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the king of Aragon and southern Italy (also by his wife). However, he passed away at the age of only 28, about two months after ascending the throne of Castile. He died before his father, the aforementioned Emperor Maximilian, and even before his father-in-law, Ferdinand of Aragon. His wife, Ivana Kastiljska, reportedly could never regret that death and had a hard time separating from his dead body.

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