“It had been largely accepted that “Charles the Sufferer”, the feeble and sickly King of Spain, would die without an heir. The nearest claimants to the Spanish Crown were the kings cousins; the Bourbon King of France, Louis XIV, and the Austrian Habsburg Leopold I, the Holy Roman Emperor. Married Charles’s Sisters, both had a strong claim.
With the succession storm brewing Europe’s monarchs entered into agreements in order to place themselves in favorable positions at the moment of Charles’ death. Some aligning themselves with the house of Bourbon, others with that of Habsburg.”
This episode was written by Matthew Gawelczyk.
Matthew holds a collaborative Bachelor of Arts in History from Mount Royal University and Athabasca University in Alberta Canada. History have been his passion since the earliest days. Born in Danzig Poland, Matthew moved with his family to the Mazurian Lakes of North Eastern Poland where his passion for History grew among tales and ruins of former East Prussia. Currently Matthew resides in Calgary where he continues to pursue his passion.