What Religion Was the Habsburg Family?


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The Habsburg family was Roman Catholic. The Habsburg Monarchy was comprised of several states and territories within the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire was united by the personal union of the monarch.

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The first emperor from the house of Habsburg was Rudolf I, who died in 1291. The Habsburgs were a noble family that originated in Switzerland. The family came to power in 1273. Five years later, the Habsburg family defeated the Bohemian King to gain land holdings in Austria. By the 16th century, the Habsburg's rule expanded throughout Europe. This expansion was achieved through well-planned arranged marriages and military conquests.

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