Information about Archduke Sigismund of Upper Austria

Archduke Sigismund of Upper Austria (26 October 1427 - 4 March 1496)

Sigismund, a member of the House of Habsburg, was Duke of Austria from 1439 (elevated to Archduke in 1477) until his death. As a scion of the Habsburg Leopoldian line, he ruled over Further Austria and the County of Tyrol from 1446 until his resignation in 1490.

By 1490 the opposition of Tyrolean nobles compelled Sigismund to hand over the rulership to Frederick's son Archduke Maximilian I, who later succeeded his father as Holy Roman Emperor. Whether Sigismund voluntarily handed over power to Maximilian or was strongly coerced by the latter is not clear. With Sigismund's death in 1496, the Tyrolean branch of the Habsburg Leopoldian line became extinct, leaving Archduke Maximilian as sole heir to all the dynasty's possessions.

Archduke Sigismund of Upper Austria reigned in...
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Erzherzog Siegmund (Archduke Sigismund of Upper Austria) Flag of Austria, Duchy and Archduchy Austria, Duchy and Archduchy 24 June 1439 16 March 1490
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