King Charles V

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Charles V (24 February 1500, Ghent, Belgium – 21 September 1558, Monastery of Yuste, Spain) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand I and his son Philip II in 1556.

Charles was the eldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad. His ... more »

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  • ''Name me an Emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.''
    King Charles V (1500-1558), Spanish King, Holy Roman Emperor. Alleged remark, April 23, 1547, to his military commanders before the Battle of Mühlberg...
  • ''I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.''
    King Charles V (1500-1558), Spanish King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor. Attributed.
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