Margaret of Austria (c. 1577–1611)

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Margaret of Austria (c. 1577–1611)

Queen of Spain. Name variations: Archduchess Margarete of Styria; Margaret Habsburg. Born c. 1577 (some sources cite 1584); died of puerperal fever in 1611; dau. of Karl also known as Charles (youngest son of Emperor Ferdinand I, founder of the Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg), archduke of Styria (located in southeastern Austria and Slovenia) and Mary of Bavaria (dau. of the duke of Bavaria); sister of Holy Roman emperor Ferdinand II (1578–1637); cousin of Rudolf II, Holy Roman emperor, king of Hungary and Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) and archduke of Austria; m. Philip III (1578–1621), king of Spain (r. 1598–1621), in 1599; children: 7, including Maria Anna of Spain (1606–1646, who m. Ferdinand III, king of Bohemia and Hungary); Anne of Austria (1601–1666); Philip IV (1605–1665), king of Spain (r.1621–1665).

See also Women in World History.