Happy Birthday Charles V!

Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V was born on this day (February 24) in 1500. Charles was the preeminent ruler in Europe, with influence extending far beyond the Empire. Hey, he owned the Western Hemisphere (minus Brazil).

When Henry VIII wanted to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he ultimately had to deal with Charles, who was holding the pope captive at the time. Martin Luther and the reformers had a fun time with him as well!

BTW, take note of the Habsburg chin.

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About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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