Maximilian II
* 31. Jul 1527, † 12. Oct 1576

Roman-German Emperor
1564–1576

Maximilian II stands out among the otherwise strictly Catholic Habsburgs: he was sympathetic to Protestantism – a particularly sensitive matter at the time of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. He thus aroused the disfavour of his relatives, above all his father, Emperor Ferdinand I. In 1562 he finally yielded to public pressure and pledged to remain a Catholic.

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