Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, later Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, later Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor

1503-1564

Nominated 1522

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Brother of Charles V, whom he succeeded as Holy Roman Emperor in 1558. He had previously acted as his brother's deputy on numerous occasions. Was succeeded by his son Maximilian II on his own death in 1568