Emperor Maximilian I, also know to many as the “last knight”, was one of the most important monarchs of Austria. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death, Austrian Post is issuing a commemorative stamp decorated with gold embossing. Maximilian I was born in 1459 in Wiener Neustadt Castle as the son of the Habsburg emperor Friedrich III. From his earliest childhood he was groomed for his future role as ruler. His marriage to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 made him Duke of Burgundy, and in 1508 he became the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. After his death in 1519, his body was interred in the castle chapel in Wiener Neustadt; the Maximilian married both of his children, Philip the Fair and Margaret, to heirs of the Spanish throne, thus laying the foundation stone for the successful marriage policy of the Habsburgs, which culminated with his grandson Emperor Charles V in an empire in which“the sun never sets”.

Issue Date: 11.04.2019

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