Maximilian II


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Maximilian II,

1527–76, Holy Roman emperor (1564–76), king of Bohemia (1562–76) and of Hungary (1563–76), son and successor of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. Before acceding he evidenced a sympathy for Lutheranism that caused grave concern in imperial and papal circles and led Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to urge that his son King Philip II of Spain succeed Ferdinand. However, Maximilian yielded and in 1562 swore to remain a Catholic and to allow his immediate heirs to be educated in Spain. He thereupon was elected king of the Romans, or Holy Roman emperor-elect (1562), and king of Hungary (1563). On Ferdinand's death (1564) he took full direction of imperial affairs. He obtained funds from the diet for the defense of Austria against the Turks but did not press his advantage, and by the truce of 1568 with Selim II he agreed to continue paying tribute to the sultan for his part of Hungary. Maximilian granted a large degree of religious toleration in his Bohemian and Austrian possessions. His policy of neutrality, however, also allowed the Counter Reformation to make considerable gains in some parts of the empire. A candidate for the throne of Poland to succeed Henry of Anjou (Henry IIIHenry III,
1551–89, king of France (1574–89); son of King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici. He succeeded his brother, Charles IX. As a leader of the royal army in the Wars of Religion (see Religion, Wars of) against the French Protestants, or Huguenots, Henry, then
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 of France), he was elected (1575) by the Polish diet as rival king to Stephen BáthoryStephen Báthory
, Pol. Stefan Batory, 1533–86, king of Poland (1575–86), prince of Transylvania (1571–75), son of Stephen Báthory (1477–1534). He was elected to succeed John II as prince of Transylvania.
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. Maximilian died, refusing the sacraments, while preparing to invade Poland. His son succeeded him as Rudolf II.

Maximilian II,

1811–64, king of Bavaria (1848–64), son and successor of Louis ILouis I,
1786–1868, king of Bavaria (1825–48), son and successor of King Maximilian I. He was chiefly responsible for transforming Munich into one of the handsomest capitals of Europe and for making it a center of the arts.
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. He had liberal tendencies and was a patron of art and learning. He hoped to create a union of small German states under Bavarian leadership as a counterweight to Austrian and Prussian influence in German affairs, but he was unable to do so. His son, Louis II, succeeded him.
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It establishes patronage contexts for Giuseppe Volpini--the court of Maximilian II in Bavaria and Margrave Wilhelm Friedrich in Franconia--in addition to describing sculptors' workshop structures and Giuseppe's Franconian sculpture.
A B&W newsreel sets the scene, describing the succession of a brutal dictator (heavily modeled on Soviet-style leaders) by his son, Maximilian II (Tom Hollander).
His funeral oration for Maximilian II emphasized the qualities of toleration and conciliation: "Guided by such a mild and temperate spirit, Maximilian concluded that the forceful imposition of religious uniformity was morally unjustifiable" (136).
Two of the three pieces by the Flemish composer Philippe de Monte, who served the Emperor Maximilian II at Vienna and Prague, have a contrapuntal density that somewhat obscures the sweetness of Ronsard's kiss in Quand de ta levre and the eloquence of his tearful sonnet Se trop souvent, but his Le premier jour de may manages a lighter declamation more appropriate to the poet's dancing rhythms.
After completing his studies Heyse became an independent scholar and was called to Munich by Maximilian II of Bavaria.
The highly decorated suit of German plate armor (page 26) probably belonged to Emperor Maximilian II (1527-76).
Emperor Maximilian II (1564-76) remained fundamentally Catholic, according to Fulton, but he was convinced of the need to compromise with Protestants if he was to maintain his authority as well as the peace.
It then gives us a larger picture of his work in the Vienna and Prague of the Holy Roman Empire, where from 1563 he was employed at the court of first Emperor Maximilian II and then his son Rudolf n.
Arcimboldo was court painter to three Hapsburg Emperors: Ferdinand I, Maximilian II and his son, Rudolph II.
Descended from Spanish and Italian stock, the horse was introduced to Bohemia during the reign of Emperor Maximilian II in the early sixteenth century.
She has now written a sequel in the form of a biography of Ferdinand's son and successor, Maximilian II, who ruled as emperor from 1564 to 1576.
Almost twenty years after the appearance of her biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, Paula Sutter Fichtner has completed a study of his son and successor, the little-known Maximilian II (born 1527, Emperor from 1564-76).