Albert IV, Count of Habsburg

Albert IV (or Albert the Wise) (ca. 1188 – December 13, 1239) was Count of Habsburg in the Aargau and a progenitor of the royal House of Habsburg.

Albert IV, Count of Habsburg
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Bornc. 1188
Died(1239-12-13)13 December 1239
Noble familyHouse of Habsburg
Spouse(s)Hedwig of Kyburg
FatherRudolph II, Count of Habsburg
MotherAgnes of Staufen

He was the son of Count Rudolph II of Habsburg and Agnes of Staufen. About 1217 Albert married Hedwig (Heilwig),[1] daughter of Count Ulrich of Kyburg (died 1237) and Anna of Zähringen. He was present at the signing of the Golden Bull of Rimini in March 1226. Upon the death of his father in 1232 he divided his family's estates with his brother Rudolph III, whereby he retained the ancestral seat at Habsburg Castle. A follower of Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, he took part in the Barons' Crusade of 1239 with King Theobald I of Navarre and died near Ashkelon.

Albert was the father of King Rudolph I of Germany,[2] and a mutual ancestor of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and of his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.


  1. ^ Emerton 1917, p. 76.
  2. ^ Berenger 2013, p. 13.


  • Berenger, Jean (2013). Simpson, C.A. (ed.). A History of the Habsburg Empire 1273-1700. Routledge.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Emerton, Ephraim (1917). The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450). Ginn and Company.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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Albert IV, Count of Habsburg
Born: 1188 Died: 1239
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rudolph II
Count of Habsburg
1232 – 1239
with Rudolph III as co-ruler
Succeeded by
Rudolph IV