Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans

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Ferdinand IV (8 September 1633 – 9 July 1654) was made King of Bohemia in 1646, King of Hungary and Croatia in 1647, and King of the Romans on 31 May 1653. He also served as Duke of Cieszyn.

Born in Vienna on 8 September 1633, Ferdinand IV was the eldest son of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor and his first wife Maria Anna, the daughter of Philip III of Spain.[1] At a young age, Ferdinand IV took his father's role as Archduke of Austria.[2] In 1646, Ferdinand IV became King of Bohemia as he shared the role with his father Emperor Ferdinand III. He was crowned on 5 August 1646, and also shared the role of Duke of Cieszyn with Ferdinand III.[3][4] Ferdinand IV also shared the role as King of Hungary and Croatia with his father; his coronation took place on 16 June 1647 in Pressburg, present-day Slovakia.[1][3]

After the French attempted to modify the system of the election of King of the Romans, Emperor Ferdinand III made an opportunity of a recent decline in the prestige of France, and was able to install Ferdinand IV as King of the Romans, and de facto heir to the Holy Roman Empire. He was crowned in Ratisbon (Regensburg, present-day south-east Germany) on 18 June 1653 after gaining the position on 31 May 1653.[5] However, Ferdinand IV unexpectedly died of smallpox in Vienna on 9 July 1654, and was later succeeded by his brother Leopold I as King of the Romans.[1] Prior to his death, it was planned that he would marry Philip IV of Spain's daughter Maria Theresa of Spain, his cousin.[2] Upon the death of Ferdinand III, Leopold I was elected as Holy Roman Emperor.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Ferdinand IV (King of Bohemia)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Ferdinand IV: Vain hopes". The World of the Habsburgs. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward; William Leist Readwin Cates (1872). Encyclopedia of Chronology: Historical and Biographical. Longmans, Green and Company. p. 512. 
  4. ^ The Annals of Europe, Or Regal Register; Shewing the Succession of the Sovereigns, ... Together with the Bishops and Popes of Rome, Etc. F. Newbery. 1779. p. 165. 
  5. ^ a b J. P. Cooper (20 December 1979). The New Cambridge Modern History: Volume 4, The Decline of Spain and the Thirty Years War, 1609-48/49. CUP Archive. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-521-29713-4. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ferdinand III
King of Germany
with Ferdinand III
Succeeded by
Ferdinand III
King of Bohemia
with Ferdinand III
King of Hungary and Croatia
with Ferdinand III
Preceded by
Elizabeth Lucretia
Duke of Cieszyn
with Ferdinand III