Information about King Charles II of Spain

King Charles II of Spain (6 November 1661 - 1 November 1700)

Charles II of Spain (Spanish: Carlos II) was the last Habsburg ruler of Spain. His realm included Southern Netherlands, Italian territories, several cities in north Africa and Spain's overseas empire, stretching from the Americas to the Spanish East Indies. Known as "the Bewitched" (Spanish: el Hechizado), he is noted for his extensive physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities and his consequent ineffectual rule.

He died childless in 1700, with all potential Habsburg successors having predeceased him. In his will, Charles named as his successor the 16-year-old Philip, grandson of the reigning French king Louis XIV and Louis’s first wife, Charles's half-sister Maria Theresa. Because the other European powers viewed the prospective dynastic relationship between France and Spain as disturbing the balance of power in Europe, the War of the Spanish Succession ensued shortly after his death.

King Charles II of Spain reigned in...
Reigned asIn CountryFromToCoins Issued
Charles IV (Duke Charles IV), King of Spain as Charles II Flag of Luxemburg, Duchy of Luxemburg, Duchy of 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Carlo II (Duke Charles II), King of Spain Flag of Milan Milan 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Carlo V (King Charles V), King of Spain as Charles II Flag of Naples Naples 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Carlo II (King Charles II), King of Spain Flag of Sardinia Sardinia 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Carlo III (King Charles III), King of Spain as Charles II Flag of Sicily Sicily 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Carlos II (King Charles II) Flag of Spain Spain 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
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