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King Charles V
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    (February 24, 1500-September 21, 1558)
    Holy Roman Emperor (1519-1558)
    King of Spain (1516-1556)
    Member of the House of Hasburg
    He was neither German nor Spanish.
    In fact, it's difficult to say what nationality he was!
    His first language was French, but he was a lifelong enemy of the Kings of France.
    He said: 'I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.'
    Although Spain was the core of his empire, he felt like a stranger in his house.
    He fought many wars with France and the Ottoman Empire.
    If that wasn't enough, peasant revolts in the Holy Roman Empire and the Schmalkaldic League (an alliance of German Protestant Princes) were giving him more headaches.
    He sacked Rome to keep the Pope Clement VII from annulling King Henry VIII's marriage to his aunt Catherine of Aragon (1527).
    He called Martin Luther to appear at the Diet of Worms and declared him an outlaw.
    He couldn't crush Protestantism in the Holy Roman Empire, so he was forced to make a compromise at the Peace of Augsburg (1555).
    He died after suffering gout during the last two decades of his life.
    He made the Netherlands an entity separate from both France and his own empire (1548).
    To him, the Low Countries were his real home.
    As a youth, he enjoyed his frequent stays in Paris.
    He commented on Paris: 'Paris is not a city, but a universe (Lutetia non urbs, sed orbis).'
    He retired to a monastery in Spain.
    He abdicated his throne, giving the Spanish Empire to son Phillip II, and the Holy Roman Empire to his brother Ferdinand I.

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