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Vienna: The Empire of the Mind (03:15)


Vienna created a political system considered to be orchestrated by god. A code of power was etched within St Stephen’s Cathedral which meant, “The whole world is dominated by Austria.”

Rudolf Habsburg (02:31)

The beginning of Vienna’s rise to a golden age began with the new prince in 1273; the Hapsburgs dominated Europe for 500 years. Ottokar, King of Bohemia, was Rudolf's biggest rival. The largest battle between the powers occurred in a marsh field, east of Vienna in August 1278.

Habsburg Reputation (05:00)

Albert Habsburg was murdered by his nephew and a group of assassins in 1838; his successors sought revenge. Rudolf IV invented the title of archduke, remodeled St. Stephen's Cathedral, and founded Vienna University.

Anti-Jewish Pogrom (02:21)

Rudolf IV died at the age of 26. The Habsburg dukes received loans from the Jews who lived under the protection of the royal court; Albert V turned against the Jews in 1421.

Frederick III (05:16)

Frederick became Holy Roman Emperor in 1442 and made Hofburg his imperial headquarters. He withstood an attack from Albert Habsburg but lost control of Vienna to King Matthias in 1482; he regained power when Matthias died. Frederick married his son Maximilian to Mary of Burgundy; Montefiore examines Frederick's tomb.

Marriage Alliances (02:30)

Three weddings, including Maximilian's marriage to Mary of Burgundy, established Vienna as a world capital. Maximilian married Philip the Handsome to Juana of Spain and his grandchildren to the heirs of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia.

Promoting the House of Habsburg (05:18)

Emperor Maximilian was one of the first rulers to use the printing press to self-promote. Montefiore examines the black and white, and color versions of Maximillian's procession prints. Charles V inherited the empire upon Maximilian's death and bequeathed Vienna and the Austrian lands to Ferdinand.

Ferdinand I (02:31)

Ferdinand became archduke in 1521 and inherited the lands of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia. Suleiman I marched on Vienna in 1529, beginning a 200 year long feud.

Rudolf II (04:02)

Ferdinand contained the threat of Protestant Reformation. Rudolf II encouraged religious diversity and was interested in art; he was known as Rudolf the Mad. Montefiore examines the works of Rudolf's court painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. In 1611, Matthias overthrew Rudolph II.

Leopold I (05:48)

Leopold became Holy Roman Emperor in 1658; he married Margarita Teresa in a grand celebration. Montefiore views an animated film depicting the "Horse Ballet" that was presented during the celebrations. Leopold expelled the Jews from the city and built a church on the site of their synagogue.

Storming Vienna (05:38)

Kara Mustafa led an attack in 1683 and Leopold fled to Lintz, calling for Christian kings to join a holy league. King Jan Sobieski led the alliance and successfully routed the Turks. Leopold commandeered the victory for the Habsburg dynasty.

Credits: Vienna: Empire, Dynasty, and Dream—Episode 1 (00:36)

Credits: Vienna: Empire, Dynasty, and Dream—Episode 1

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Vienna was the capital of the Habsburg dynasty and home to the Holy Roman Emperors; they dominated middle Europe for nearly 1,000 years. In this series, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore describes how the Habsburgs transformed Vienna into a multinational city of music, culture and ideas. In this first episode, we follow the Habsburgs' rise to power and discover how Vienna marked Europe's front line in the struggle to defend Christendom from the Ottomans and the Catholic Church from Protestant revolutionaries.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL141276

ISBN: 978-1-64198-264-1

Copyright date: ©2016

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