Person:Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria (1)

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Ferdinand Charles , Archduke of Austria
b.17 May 1628
d.30 Dec 1662
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Name Ferdinand Charles , Archduke of Austria
Gender Male
Birth[1] 17 May 1628
Death[1] 30 Dec 1662


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Ferdinand Charles (17 May 1628 – 30 December 1662) was the Archduke of Further Austria, including the Tyrol, from 1646 to 1662.

As the son of Archduke Leopold V and Claudia de' Medici, he succeeded his father upon the latter's death in 1632, under his mother's regency. He took over his mother's governatorial duties when he came of age in 1646. To finance his extravagant living style, he sold goods and entitlements. For example, he wasted the exorbitant sum which France had to pay to the Tyrolean Habsburgs for the cession of their fiefs west of the Rhine (Alsace, Sundgau and Breisach). He also fixed the border to Graubünden in 1652.

Ferdinand Charles was an absolutist ruler, did not call any diet after 1648 and had his chancellor Wilhelm Biener executed illegally in 1651 after a secret trial. On the other hand, he was a lover of music: Italian opera was performed in his court.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).