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Rudolph I of Habsburg
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    (May 1, 1218-July 15, 1291)
    King of Germany (1273-1291)
    Duke of Austria (1278-1282)
    Duke of Styria (1276-1291)
    Duke of Carinthia (1276-1286)
    Duke of Carniola (1276-1291)
    Member of the House of Hasburg
    After the fall of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, he took advantage of the disorder in Germany to consolidate his power.
    He was described as a tall man with a pale face and a prominent nose.
    He gained recognition from Pope Gregory X by promising to lead a new Crusade, which didn't happen.
    He was frequently challenged by King Ottokar II of Bohemia for the throne of Germany.
    He made his new home in Austria, which would later become the seat of power of the House of Hasburg.
    He tried to have his son Albert I elected King of Germany, but the Princes refused fearing the power of the Hasburgs.
    Although a powerful ruler, he couldn't restore internal peace and order in Germany (the same thing plagued his predecessors).
    Because of his reputation as one of Germany's most powerful Princes, the Dukes of Germany elected him King.
    Eventually, he defeated Ottokar II and removed any challenge to the German throne.
    His excellent qualities were his bravery, piety, and generosity.
    His descendants would later become Kings and Emperors themselves.

Credit: Jeff

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