Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor

1316 - 1378

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Charles IV (Czech: Karel IV.; German: Karl IV.; Latin: Carolus IV; 14 May 1316 (22 May Greg.) – 29 November 1378), also known as Charles of Luxembourg, born Wenceslaus (Czech: Václav), was the first King of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor. He was a member of the House of Luxembourg from his father's side and the Czech House of Přemyslid from his mother's side; he emphasized the latter due to his lifelong affinity for the Czech side of his inheritance, and also because his direct ancestors in the Přemyslid line included two saints.He was the eldest son and heir of John of Bohemia, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg, who died at the Battle of Crécy on 26 August 1346. His mother, Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, was the sister of Wenceslaus III, King of Bohemia and Poland, the last of the male Přemysl rulers of Bohemia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor has received more than 1,223,816 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor is the 442nd most popular politician (down from 221st in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Czech Politician.

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, is most famous for being the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1355-1378. He was the son of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and Beatrice of Sicily. Charles IV became Holy Roman Emperor when his father died in 1347. He was the last Holy Roman Emperor to be crowned in Rome.

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Among politicians, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor ranks 442 out of 15,710Before him are Albert II of Belgium, Franz von Papen, John II of France, Jiang Zemin, Mahmoud Abbas, and Zenobia. After him are Guy of Lusignan, Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, George I of Great Britain, Ashurbanipal, Robert Schuman, and Charles the Simple.

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Among people born in 1316, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor ranks 1After him are John I of France, Magnus IV of Sweden, Robert II of Scotland, Simeon of Moscow, Blanche of Valois, Albert of Saxony, Fa Ngum, and John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall. Among people deceased in 1378, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor ranks 2Before him is Pope Gregory XI. After him are Joanna of Bourbon and Galeazzo II Visconti.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor ranks 15 out of 839Before him are John Amos Comenius (1592), Edmund Husserl (1859), Rainer Maria Rilke (1875), Václav Havel (1936), Ferdinand Porsche (1875), and Miloš Forman (1932). After him are John of Nepomuk (1350), Joseph Schumpeter (1883), Ernst Mach (1838), Karel Čapek (1890), Wilhelm Steinitz (1836), and Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583).

Among POLITICIANS In Czechia

Among politicians born in Czechia, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor ranks 1After him are Arthur Seyss-Inquart (1892), Edvard Beneš (1884), Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850), Miloš Zeman (1944), Klement Gottwald (1896), Ottokar II of Bohemia (1233), Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (1289), Václav Klaus (1941), Wenceslaus II of Bohemia (1271), Emil Hácha (1872), and Karl Renner (1870).