The Path Towards the “Danube Monarchy”? The Political Legacy of Emperor Sigismund and His “Executors” in the Fifteenth Century


BAR Přemysl

Year of publication 2023
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The genesis of the Habsburg monarchy, or the “Danube monarchy”, was a complex and multi-layered integration process which, in a geographical sense, involved the Austrian hereditary lands and the lands of the Bohemian and the Hungarian crowns. It is first necessary, however, to recognise the frailty of the provision for the succession of Sigismund, who had only one legitimate daughter and heiress, Elizabeth. Following the death of Sigismund on 9 December 1437, Albert was able to secure the Hungarian and Roman-German thrones relatively easily. The Roman-German king had to be elected by the prince-electors beforehand, but this had taken place in the summer of the same year. In March 1458, the Bohemian nobleman John of Rosenberg tried to thwart George of Podebrady's election to the Bohemian throne by nominating Landgrave William of Thuringia, who was married to Anne of Habsburg. John of Rosenberg argued for his candidacy with reference to Luxemburg-Habsburg agreements.
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