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Luxemburg, Duchy of - Charles IV (Duke Charles IV), King of Spain as Charles II (17 September 1665 - 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.

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Charles IV (Duke Charles IV), King of Spain as Charles II: Details
CountryLuxemburg, Duchy of
From17 September 1665
To1 November 1700
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NameLuxemburg, Duchy of
From1353
To1795
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