Famous Hungarian Emperors & Kings

Find out more about the greatest Hungarian Emperors & Kings, including Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles I of Austria, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor and Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor (1765-90))

Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: March 13, 1741
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 20, 1790

Joseph II reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor from 1765, and as the sole ruler of the Habsburg lands from 1780, until 1790. Son of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I, and brother of Marie Antoinette, he laid down policies now known as Josephinism. He died without heirs.

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Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor (1433-1437))

Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: February 14, 1368
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: December 9, 1437

Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as the king of Hungary and Croatia from 1387 to 1437. He also served as the king of Germany, king of Bohemia, king of Italy, and emperor of the Romans. Sigismund is best remembered for playing a key role in bringing about the Council of Constance, which ended the Papal Schism.   

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Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: June 9, 1640
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 5, 1705

Second son of Emperor Ferdinand III, Leopold I became the heir apparent to his father’s throne on the death of his elder brother in 1654, being coroneted as the Holy Roman Emperor in 1658. Although he received little training for the throne, Austria became a great European power during his reign, emerging victorious in struggles against Ottoman Empire and France.

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Matthias Corvinus
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Birthdate: February 23, 1443
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Died: April 6, 1490

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Stephen I of Hungary
(Grand Prince)

Stephen I of Hungary
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Birthdate: 0975 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: August 15, 1038

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Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: July 31, 1527
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 12, 1576

Maximilian II was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1564 until his death in 1576.  A member of the Austrian House of Habsburg, he was the eldest son of the Habsburg archduke Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia and Hungary. He was the nephew of Emperor Charles V. As the king, he adopted a policy of religious neutrality.

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Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: May 5, 1747
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 1, 1792

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as king of Archduke of Austria, emperor of the Romans, and king of Hungary and Bohemia from 1790 until his death in 1792. From 1765 to 1790, he served as Grand Duke of Tuscany, during which he abolished capital punishment in Tuscany, making it the first nation to abolish capital punishment in modern history.

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Edgar Ætheling
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Birthdate: 1051 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Hungary
Died: 1126 AD

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Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman emperor)

Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: July 26, 1678
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 17, 1711

Emperor Leopold I’s eldest son, Joseph I became the king of Hungary at the tender age of 9 and the king of Romans at 11. Though he strengthened Austria’s financial situation, bringing the Viennese city bank under the state, he failed to retain the Spanish crown for the Habsburg Monarchy.

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: July 13, 1608
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Graz
Died: April 2, 1657

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III is largely held responsible for ending the Thirty Years’ War in 1648 with 2 peace treaties known as the Peace of Westphalia. He also conspired against Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein when he was denied control of the imperial army. He was also instrumental in the Peace of Prague.

Louis I of Hungary
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Birthdate: March 5, 1326
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visegrád
Died: September 10, 1382

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Stephen Báthory
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Birthdate: September 27, 1533
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: December 12, 1586

Władysław III of Poland
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Birthdate: October 31, 1424
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: November 10, 1444

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Louis II of Hungary
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Birthdate: July 1, 1506
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buda
Died: August 29, 1526

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Charles I of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia)

Charles I of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1288 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 16, 1342

Béla IV of Hungary
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Birthdate: November 29, 1206
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: May 3, 1270

Andrew II of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1177 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: September 21, 1235

Ladislaus I of Hungary
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Birthdate: June 27, 1046
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: July 29, 1095

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Albert II of Germany
(King of Bohemia)

Albert II of Germany
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Birthdate: August 10, 1397
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 27, 1439

Albert II of Germany was a Holy Roman Emperor of the Habsburg Monarchy. He became the ruler of Hungary, Germany, and Bohemia after his father-in-law Sigismund’s death. He was known for bringing about peace and for dividing Germany into structured administrative segments to make ruling easier.

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Ferenc Rákóczi, II
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Birthdate: March 27, 1676
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Borsi, Hungary
Died: April 8, 1735

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Béla I of Hungary
(King of Hungary From 1060 to 1063)

Béla I of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1015 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: September 11, 1063

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John Zápolya
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1526–1540))

John Zápolya
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Birthdate: 1487 AD
Birthplace: Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia
Died: July 22, 1540

King John Zápolya of Hungary was initially the governor of Transylvania, where he suppressed a peasant revolt. After Louis II was killed by the Ottomans, Louis II’s brother-in-law, Ferdinand I challenged John for the throne of Hungary and acquired a part of the country. Eventually, a childless John named Ferdinand his successor.

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Geiseric
(King)

Geiseric
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Birthdate: 0389 AD
Birthplace: Lake Balaton, Hungary
Died: January 5, 0477

Vladislaus II of Hungary
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Birthdate: March 1, 1456
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: March 13, 1516

Béla III of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1148 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: April 23, 1196

Stephen V of Hungary
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Birthdate: October 18, 1239
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buda
Died: August 6, 1272

Coloman, King of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1074 AD
Birthplace: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Died: February 3, 1116

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Ladislas IV
(King of Hungary)

Ladislas IV
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Birthdate: August 5, 1262
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toboliu, Romania
Died: July 10, 1290

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Andrew III of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1265 AD
Birthplace: Venice
Died: January 14, 1301

Andrew I of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1015 AD
Birthplace: Zirc, Hungary
Died: December 6, 1060

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Béla II of Hungary
(King of Hungary)

Béla II of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1109 AD
Birthplace: Tolna County, Hungary
Died: February 13, 1141

Géza II of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1130 AD
Birthplace: Tolna
Died: May 31, 1162

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Géza, Grand Prince of the Hungarians
(Grand Prince of the Hungarians)

Géza, Grand Prince of the Hungarians
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Birthdate: 0940 AD
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: 0997 AD

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Peter, King of Hungary
(King of Hungary)

Peter, King of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1011 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: August 30, 1059

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Emeric of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia)

Emeric of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1174 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: November 30, 1204

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Stephen III of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia between 1162 and 1172)

Stephen III of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1147 AD
Birthplace: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Died: March 4, 1172

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György Rákóczi, II
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Birthdate: January 30, 1621
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sarospatak, Hungary
Died: June 7, 1660