William, Duke of Austria
|William, Duke of Austria|
Seal of William of Austria
|Spouse(s)||Joanna II of Naples|
|Noble family||House of Habsburg|
|Father||Leopold III, Duke of Austria|
15 July 1406|
|Buried||Ducal Crypt in the Stephansdom in Vienna|
At the age of 14, he was betrothed to Hedwig (Jadwiga), youngest daughter of King Louis I of Hungary, who was also king of Poland. This was one of the first attempts of the Habsburgs to extend their dominion by marrying heiresses, as Louis intended his elder daughter Mary and her fiancé Sigismund of Luxembourg to inherit Poland, while Jadwiga inherited Hungary.
When Louis died in 1382, Mary succeeded in Hungary. The Poles then rejected Mary and Sigismund, and instead chose Jadwiga as queen regnant. They also repudiated the betrothal to William.
In 1386, his father Leopold died, and William succeeded as head of the Leopoldian Line and ruler of the three duchies.
In 1401, William married another presumptive heiress, Joanna of Naples. She was Jadwiga's cousin, and also of Angevin descent. The marriage did not produce any offspring and William did not live to see his wife succeed her brother as Queen Joanna II.
In 1404, his first cousin Duke Albert the Patient died, leaving the lands of the Albertinian line of the Habsburgs to his seven-year-old son Albert the Magnanimous. William tried to take the Albertinian territories from the child Albert, but did not succeed before his death.
|Ancestors of William, Duke of Austria|
- "Early Habsburg". European Heraldry. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
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William, Duke of AustriaBorn: c. 1370 Died: 15 July 1406
Leopold the Just
|Duke of Styria, Carinthia, and Carniola
| Succeeded by|
Ernest the Iron
|Count of Tyrol
| Succeeded by|
Frederick of the Empty Pockets