Charles I of Austria Biography

Emperor, King (1887–1922)
Charles I was a monarch of the Hapsburg line who was the last emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. He lost his throne at the end of World War I.


Born on August 17, 1887, in Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria, Charles I succeeded to the throne of Austria-Hungary in 1914. He desired to remove his country from World War I, but lost public support after backing French claims to the region of Alsace-Lorraine. Due to state nationalism, he renounced power in November, 1918 and was ultimately exiled to Madeira. He died on April 1, 1922.

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