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Radbot’s son Werner I (died 1096) bore the title count of Habsburg and was the grandfather of Albert III (died 1200), who was count of Zürich and landgrave of Upper Alsace.Rudolf II of Habsburg (died 1232) acquired Laufenburg and the “Waldstätte” (Schwyz, Uri, Unterwalden, and Lucerne), but on his death his sons Austria: Accession of the Habsburg).A Habsburg having thus attained the Western world’s most exalted secular dignity, a word may be said about the dynasty’s major titles.The imperial title at that time was, for practical purposes, hardly more than a glorification of the title of German king, and the German kingship was, like the Bohemian and the Hungarian, elective.

The third flaw in the Habsburg edifice was latent in the 16th century.

Mindful of what they had won by marriages, the Habsburgs sought to preclude rival dynasties from turning the tables on them by the same means: to keep their heritage in their own hands, they began to intermarry more and more frequently among themselves.

The result, in a few generations, was a fatal inbreeding that brought the male line of Charles V to extinction.

Even so, after his death the brothers Ladislas Posthumus, was also king of Hungary from 1446 (assuming power in 1452) and of Bohemia from 1453.

With Ladislas the male descendants of Albert III of Austria died out in 1457.

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