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Profile for Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor from The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1815 (page 1)

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Leopold I°

The second surviving son of Emperor Ferdinand III ruled — , Archduke Leopold was destined by dynastic tradition to enter the church, where he could use the wealth and influence of high ecclesiastical office to further Habsburg dynastic interests in Europe. His older brother, the heir apparent, died in , however, and Leopold, at age fourteen, had to take his brother's place and abandon clerical vows in order become the dynastic patriarch. The young archduke's education was overseen by tutors and aristocratic mentors who molded him for an ecclesiastical career. Leopold early adopted the intense Catholic piety expected of him and the gentle manners appropriate to a merely supporting role. He grew to manhood without the military ambition that characterized most of his fellow monarchs.


Leopold I , born June 9, , Vienna—died May 5, , Vienna , Holy Roman emperor during whose lengthy reign — Austria emerged from a series of struggles with the Turks and the French to become a great European power, in which monarchical absolutism and administrative centralism gained ascendancy. He received a careful education by excellent teachers, among whom the cultured count Johann Ferdinand Portia was the leading personality. Made lord high steward by his pupil, Portia retained his influence with Leopold until his death in From an early age Leopold showed an inclination toward learning. He learned easily and became fluent in Latin, Italian, and Spanish, but he did not like French and later would not have it spoken at court. Besides concerning himself with antiquarian studies, history, literature, natural science, and astronomy, his special interest was music, having inherited the musical talents of his father. The keynote of his personality was a deep devotion, which made him the personification of pietas Austriaca, the loyal Catholic attitude of his house.


  1. Sarah F. says:

    Leopold I was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia. The second son Elected in , Leopold ruled the Holy Roman Empire until his death in , becoming the longest-ruling Habsburg emperor (at 46 years and.

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