Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor Biography
(Holy Roman Emperor (1433-1437))
Birthday: February 14, 1368 (Aquarius)
Born In: Nuremberg, Germany
Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, was the last male member of the House of Luxembourg. Born as the second surviving son of Charles IV, the King of Bohemia, he was betrothed to Maria of Anjou, the daughter of King Louis of Hungary and Poland at the age of six. At the age of eleven, he was sent to the Hungarian court to be raised in the Hungarian tradition. Although he was declared successor by King Louis, he had to struggle before he got Mary’s hand and became her co-ruler. However, his initial reign was not at all peaceful; he had to face attacks from Naples for nine long years and lost control over his realm after being defeated by Turks at the Battle of Nicopolis. Later on, he recouped his throne and was recognized as the King of Hungary and Croatia in 1387, as the King of Germany in 1411, and King of Bohemia in 1419 and as Holy Roman Emperor in 1433. He died in 1437 at the age of 69.