- Archduke Ernest of Austria
Archduke Ernest of Austria (
July 15, 1553in Vienna– February 12, 1595in Brussels) was a son of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperorand Maria of Spain. In German he is Ernst von Österreich.
He was educated with his brother
Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in the court of Spain. In 1573 and 1587, he was a candidate for the throne of Poland. From 1576 onwards, he was governor in the Archduchy of Austria, where he promoted the counterreformation. In 1590, he became governor of Inner Austriaas regent for his young cousin Ferdinand, and from 1594 to 1595 he served as governor of the Spanish Netherlands.
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