Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Ferdinand I (10 March 150325 July 1564) was an Austrian monarch from the House of Habsburg. He was first the Archduke of Austria from 1521-1564. After the death of Louis II, Ferdinand ruled as King of Bohemia and Hungary (1526–1564). After his brother Charles V abdicated as Holy Roman Emperor in 1556, Ferdinand reigned as emperor (formally beginning in 1558) until his death.

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