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Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, of the house of Habsburg, 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 also the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire during most of the Thirty Years' War. He was the son of Charles II of Austria (1540-1590) and his wife Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551-1608). His first wife was Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574-1616), daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria.

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Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, of the house of Habsburg, 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 also the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire during most of the Thirty Years' War. He was the son of Charles II of Austria (1540-1590) and his wife Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551-1608). His first wife was Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574-1616), daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria. More...

 
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