Karl VI Habsburg

Karl Habsburg (1685 - 1740)

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Karl [uncertain] (Karl VI) [uncertain] "Kaiser" [uncertain] Habsburg [uncertain]
Born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austriamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Favorite Palace, Vienna, Austriamap
Profile last modified 2 May 2020 | Created 17 Aug 2012 | Last significant change: 2 May 2020
09:54: László Kóczy edited the Biography for Karl Habsburg (1685-1740). (Succession box for King or Hungary; Wikidata) [Thank László for this]
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European Aristocracy
Karl VI Habsburg was a member of the aristocracy in Europe.


Preceded by
Joseph I
King of Hungary
1711–1720 (as Charles III)
Succeeded by
Maria Theresia
Preceded by
Philip V of Spain
King of the Sardinia
Succeeded by
Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia

Charles VI (1 October 1685 – 20 October 1740) succeeded his elder brother, Joseph I, as Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia (as Charles II), King of Hungary and Croatia (as Charles III), and King of Serbia, Archduke of Austria, etc., in 1711. He unsuccessfully claimed the throne of Spain as Charles III following the death of its ruler, and Charles's relative, Charles II of Spain, in 1700. He married Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, by whom he had his two children: Maria Theresa, born 1717, the last Habsburg sovereign, and Maria Anna, born 1718, Governess of the Austrian Netherlands.

Four years before the birth of Maria Theresa, faced with his lack of male heirs, Charles provided for a male-line succession failure with the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713. The Emperor favoured his own daughters over those of his elder brother and predecessor, Joseph I, in the succession, ignoring the decree he had signed during the reign of his father, Leopold I. Charles sought the other European powers' approval. They exacted harsh terms: Britain demanded that Austria abolish its overseas trading company. In total, Great Britain, France, Saxony-Poland, the Dutch Republic, Spain, Venice, States of the Church, Prussia, Russia, Denmark, Savoy-Sardinia, Bavaria, and the Diet of the Holy Roman Empire recognised the sanction. France, Spain, Saxony-Poland, Bavaria and Prussia later reneged. Charles died in 1740, sparking the War of the Austrian Succession, which plagued his successor, Maria Theresa, for eight years.[1]


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