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Portrait of Archduke Ernest of Austria by Martino Rota c. 1580

Archduke Ernest of Austria (15 June 1553[1] in Vienna – 12 February 1595 in Brussels) was a son of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria of Spain. In German he is Ernst von Österreich.

He was educated with his brother Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in the court of Spain. In 1573 and 1587, he was a candidate for the throne of Poland. From 1576 onwards, he was governor in the Archduchy of Austria, where he promoted the counterreformation. In 1590, he became governor of Inner Austria as regent for his young cousin Ferdinand, and from 1594 to 1595 he served as governor of the Spanish Netherlands.



  1. ^ Joseph Haydn, James Bertrand Payne: Haydn's universal index of biography from the creation to the present time: for the use of the statesman, the historian, and the journalist, E. Moxon, 1868. pp. 156
Preceded by
Count Peter Ernst von Mansfeld
Governors of the Habsburg Netherlands
Succeeded by
Pedro Henriquez de Acevedo, Count of Fuentes

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