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Luxemburg, Duchy of (1353 - 1795)

The Duchy of Luxemburg (French: Luxembourg, Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg) was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, the ancestral homeland of the noble House of Luxembourg. The House of Luxembourg, now Duke of Limburg, became one of the most important political forces in the 14th century, competing against the House of Habsburg for supremacy in Central Europe. They would be the heirs to the Přemyslid dynasty in the Kingdom of Bohemia, succeeding the Kingdom of Hungary and contributing four Holy Roman Emperors until their own line of male heirs came to an end and the House of Habsburg got the pieces that the two Houses had originally agreed upon in the Treaty of Brünn in 1364.

In 1411, Sigismund of Luxembourg lost the duchy to his niece Elisabeth because he defaulted on a loan. Elizabeth later sold the duchy to the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good of the House of Valois-Burgundy, who paid her off in 1444. The dukes of Burgundy had previously acquired a number of other possessions in the Low Countries, including Flanders, Artois, Hainaut, Brabant, Zeeland, Holland, and Namur; Luxembourg and these other Burgundian possessions in the Low Countries are collectively referred to during this period (1384-1482) as the Burgundian Netherlands. The male line of the dukes of Burgundy died out in 1477 when Philip's son Charles the Bold died at the Battle of Nancy, leaving Mary of Burgundy, his only child, as his heiress. After his death, Mary married Archduke Maximilian I of the House of Habsburg, who later became Holy Roman Emperor. The Burgundian Netherlands then came under the rule of the House of Habsburg, beginning the period of the Habsburg Netherlands (1482-1581).

With the abdication in 1555 of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (also King of Spain Charles I), the Habsburg Netherlands passed to his son King Philip II of Spain. During the Dutch Revolt, or Eighty Years War, the seven northern provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands broke away from Spain to form the Dutch Republic in 1581, while the remaining ten southern provinces (including Luxembourg) remained under Spanish rule until 1714. During this time, the remaining southern provinces were referred to as the Spanish Netherlands (or Southern Netherlands, a name that continued under Austrian rule). The War of Spanish Succession, which was fought after the Spanish Habsburg line died out in 1700, resulted in the Spanish Netherlands coming under the rule of the Habsburg Monarchy of Austria in 1714, thereby beginning the period of the Austrian Netherlands. The area remained under Austrian rule until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by France in 1795.

Luxembourg lost a small amount of its territory to Prussia in 1813. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Luxembourg was elevated to a grand duchy and came under the rule of William I of the Netherlands, who was also the first king of the newly created United Kingdom of the Netherlands (which included present-day Belgium until it broke away from the Netherlands in 1830). The resulting personal union between Luxembourg's throne and the Dutch throne continued until 1890. Unlike the Netherlands, however, Luxembourg was part of the German Confederation established in 1815, and a garrison of the Kingdom of Prussia was stationed there. After the Kingdom of Belgium gained its independence from the Netherlands in 1830, Luxembourg was partitioned in 1839, with the larger western portion of the grand duchy going to Belgium, so that the grand duchy comprised only the smaller eastern portion. The personal union between Luxembourg's throne and the Dutch throne continued until the death of William III in 1890, at which time the Dutch throne passed to his daughter Wilhelmina and the Luxembourg throne passed to Adolph of Nassau-Weilburg.

Luxemburg, Duchy of: List of Rulers.
Reign / RuleFromToCoins Issued
Duke Wenceslas I 13 March 1354 7 December 1383
Duke Wenceslas II, King of Bohemia as Wenceslaus IV 7 December 1383 1388
Duke Jobst, Margrave of Moravia 1388 18 January 1411
Duchess Elisabeth and Duke Anthony of Brabant 18 January 1411 25 October 1415
Duchess Elisabeth, first sole reign 25 October 1415 10 March 1418
Duchess Elisabeth and Duke John III of Bavaria-Straubing 10 March 1418 6 January 1425
Duchess Elisabeth, second sole reign 6 January 1425 1443
Philippe I (Duke Philip I), Duke of Burgundy as Philip III 1443 15 June 1467
Duke Charles I of Burgundy 15 June 1467 5 January 1477
Mary of Burgundy and Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor 5 January 1477 27 March 1482
Philippe II (Duke Philip II), King of Castile as Philip I 27 March 1482 25 September 1506
Charles III (Duke Charles III), King of Spain as Charles I and Holy Roman Emperor 25 September 1506 16 January 1556
Philippe III (Duke Philip III), King of Spain as Philip II 16 January 1556 6 May 1598
Isabella Clara Eugenia and Albert VII of Austria 6 May 1598 13 July 1621
Philippe IV (Duke Philip IV), King of Spain 13 July 1621 17 September 1665
Charles IV (Duke Charles IV), King of Spain as Charles II 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Philippe V (Duke Philip V), King of Spain 1 November 1700 29 January 1712
Maximilien II Emmanuel (Duke Maximilian II Emanuel), Prince-elector of Bavaria 29 January 1712 26 February 1726
Charles V (Duke Charles V), Holy Roman Emperor as Charles VI 11 April 1713 20 October 1740
Marie-Thérèse (Duchess Maria II Theresa), Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria 20 October 1740 29 November 1780
Joseph (Duke Joseph), Holy Roman Emperor as Joseph II 29 November 1780 20 February 1790
Léopold (Duke Leopold), Holy Roman Emperor as Leopold II 20 February 1790 1 March 1792
François II (Duke Francis II), Holy Roman Emperor 1 March 1792 7 June 1795
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Luxemburg, Duchy of: Details
Official NameDuchy of Luxemburg
Original NameHerzogtum Lëtzebuerg
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