In 1477 Maximilian the heir to the throne of the Holy Roman Empire married Duchess Mary of Burgundy, herself being the heiress to the wealthy and powerful Kingdom of Burgundy. Mary’s father Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy has been killed battling the Swiss in 1476.
The union of these two remarkable personalities of the Renaissance proved to be one of the happiest, albeit short-lived due to Mary’s untimely death in an accident in 1482.
Maximilian who was called “the last knight” proved to be a great ruler enlarging and enhancing the Holy Roman Empire. A patron of the arts as well as being an intrepid warrior, Maximilian brilliantly masterminded treaties and connubial alliances, strengthening foundations of the Habsburg Empire for centuries to come.
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