Death of Don Juan of Austria, the Illegitimate Son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Death of Don Juan of Austria, the Illegitimate Son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Don Juan of Austria

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Don Juan of Austria dies of typhus in Belgium at the age of 31. An illegitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, he has made a name for himself as a military leader under his half-brother, King Philip of Spain. He is probably best known for leading Christian forces in their naval victory against the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

Both Charles V and Philip of Spain intended Don Juan to become a priest, but he felt he was more suited for warfare. Although he had personal conflicts with Philip over the years, he also proved himself on multiple occasions to be an able and ruthless military commander, especially when it came to enforcing Christian domination against other religious interests.

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