Brothers' Quarrel

The Brothers' Quarrel (German: Bruderzwist) was a conflict between Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor and his brother, Matthias in the early 17th century.[1][2] Their other brothers—Maximilian III and Albert VII—and their cousins—especially Ferdinand II and Leopold V—were also deeply involved in their dispute.[3] The family feud weakened the Habsburgs' position and enabled the Estates of their realms to win widespread political and religious concessions.[1] The 19th-century Austrian writer, Franz Grillparzer, dedicated a play to the events.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wilson 2009, p. 106.
  2. ^ Bireley 2014, pp. 46–47.
  3. ^ Bireley 2014, p. 47.


  • Bireley, Robert (2014). Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578–1637. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-06715-8.
  • Wilson, Peter Hamish (2009). The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-03634-5.