Charles V - Holy Roman Emperor (1500 - 1558)
24th February 2020 - 520th Birthday
23th October 2020 - 500th Anniversary of his Coronation
21st September 2023 - 465th Anniversary of his Death.
Charles V, 24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558,
ruler of both the Spanish Empire (as Charles I) from 1516 and the Holy Roman Empire from 1519, as well as of the lands of the former Duchy of Burgundy from 1506. He stepped down from these and other positions by a series of abdications between 1554 and 1556.
Through inheritance, he brought together under his rule extensive territories in western, central, and southern Europe, and the Spanish viceroyalties in the Americas and Asia. As a result, his domains spanned nearly 4 million square kilometres (1.5 million square miles) and were the first to be described as "the empire on which the sun never sets.
Charles was only 56 and sought the peace of a monastery, where he died at the age of 58. Upon Charles's abdications, the Holy Roman Empire was inherited by his younger brother Ferdinand. The Spanish Empire, including the possessions in the Netherlands and Italy, was inherited by Charles's son Philip II of Spain. The two empires would remain allies until the 18th Century (when the Spanish branch of the House of Habsburg became extinct).