Maximilian I, 'the last knight'
* 22. Mar 1459, † 12. Jan 1519

Roman-German Emperor
1508–1519

With his policies of war and marriage, Emperor Maximilian I laid the foundations upon which the Habsburgs rose to become a great power. His principal residence was at Innsbruck, which was expanded during his reign. In addition to extending his power base, he promoted science and the arts. He also dictated two autobiographical works which attest to his stylization of himself as the ‘last knight’. At his death he left behind a mountain of debts.

died tomorrow 500 years ago