Charles II
* 03. Jun 1540, † 10. Jul 1590

Archduke of Inner Austria

At the partition of the Habsburg domains under the sons of Emperor Ferdinand I the youngest son Charles was assigned the group of lands making up Inner Austria. Charles made Graz his residence, from where he organized the Austrian defences against the Turks. His regency was dominated by the trial of strength between the mainly Protestant Estates and his absolutist ambitions to uphold the primacy of the Catholic Church.

died today 428 years ago