History - OnThisDay - October 26th. 1427 - Sigismund, Archduke of Austria

October 26th. 1427 marks the birth of Sigismund, Archduke of Austria.
This took place in Innsbruck.



Family

His parents were Frederick IV, Duke of Austria and Anna of Brunswick.
Sigismund was thus a first cousin of Holy Roman Emperor,
Frederick III.



Duty

In 1439, Sigismund succeeded his father in Tyrol and Further Austria.
During his rule, Sigismund had a conflict with the Bishop of Brixen and
the Duke took the bishop captive. The pope excommunicated
Sigismund.

In 1469 he sold his lands near the Rhine to Charles the Bold, Duke of
Burgundy.

In 1477, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, made Sigismund Archduke.

During his reign, Sigismund reformed the money matters of his estates.
In 1487, Jakob Fugger the Rich became his bankers.



Love and Marriage

Sigismund Archduke of Austria was married to:

1/ Eleanor of Schotland (1443-1480). She was a daughter of
    King James I of Scotland and Joan Beafort

2/ Catherine of Saxony a daughter of Albert III, Duke of Saxony and
    Sidonie of Podebrady.

He had no children.

Death

Sigismund, Archduke of Austria died on March 4th. 1496.


Source pictures: Wikipedia