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House of Luxemburg

John the Blind


Count of Luxemburg 1309-1346

   ¥ Elizabeth, dau. of Wenceslas II 1310

 Tit. King of Poland 1310-1320

King of Bohemia 1310-1346


Secret Seal, 1346


The arms quarterly supported by the royal eagle.


Charles IV, Luxemburg

*1316 - †1378

Margrave of Moravia 1333 - 1354

King of Germany elected 11.07.1346

 King of Bohemia 26.08.1346

 Count of Luxemburg 26.08.1346 - 1349

King of Germany, crowned Bonn 26.11.1346

King of Rome, Crowned Aachen 25.07.1349

King of Lombardia 06.01.1355

Roman Emperor  05.04.1355

King of Burgundy 04.06.1365


Margrave of  Moravia 1333-‘54





Arms: ¼: 1. Bohemia, 2&3. Luxemburg; 4. Moravia.

Supporters: Two griffins



Roman Emperor 1355-‘78

Seal of Majesty, 1355


Seal: Charles IV on his throne, with crown, sceptre and globe, the crown of three leaves, one hoop and lined with a mitre.

Arms: Germany and Bohemia

Supporters: Two eagles



Wenceslas IV van Luxemburg

*26.02.1361 - † 06.08.1419

King of Bohemia 15.06.1363

Roman King 15.06.1376

 Roman Emperor 06.07.1378 - 08.1400

King of Germany 1378-1400

Duke of Luxemburg 1383


Emperor and King


Secret Seal of Wenceslas [1]


Secret seal of Wenceslas IV 30.12.1402

State Municipal Archives, Třebon


Arms: Gules a double queued lion Argent crowned Or. (Bohemia)

Supporter: A two-headed eagle Sable  (The Emperor) [2]


The Hussites



Žižka leads the Hussites to Tabor,

fresco in  the Bethlehem Chapel (Prague).


Æ Hussites.


Sigismund of Luxemburg

*14.02.1368 - †  09.12.1437

Margrave of Brandenburg 1379 - 1388

King of Hungary 1385

Crowned 31.03.1387

Imperial vicar 1400 & 1402

 Roman King  20.09.1410

Re-elected 21.07.1411

Margrave of  Brandenburg 1411 - 1417

Titulairy King of Bohemia 1419

Duke ofLuxemburg 1419

King of Lombardia 1431

Roman Emperor 1433

King of Bohemia 1436


Sigismund was a titulary King van Bohemia after the death of his brother Wenceslas in 1419 but he could not effectuate his claim because of the revolt of the Hussite until 1436. He was in fact but only one year King of Bohemia.  Nevertheless he bore, as a son of Charles IV the amrs of Bohemia which can be considered as his family arms. After his marriage with Mary of Hungary in 1385 he also bore the arms of Arpad as a family arms even when he was not related at all with the Anjous who bore these arms by right of Charles Martel. The impaled of Arpad-Bohemia was also inherited by his grandson Ladislas Posthumus.


Because there could not be a Bohemian governement by the grace of the Emperor, the Bohemian coat of arms could not be suported by a two-heade eagle.


House of Habsburg

Albrecht II  Habsburg

*1397 - † 1439

Duke of Austria 1404

King van Rome 1438

King of Hungary 1438

King of Bohemia 1438




1438 Seal of Majesty King Albrecht on his throne with a royal crown, sceptre and orb. In the margin:

1. Germany; 2. Arpad; 3. Bohemia; 4. Dalmatia; 5. Austria; 6. Luxemburg; 7. Babenberg.




Ladislas Posthumus

* 22.02.1440-†23.11.1457

King of Hungary 1446/’52-1457

King of Bohemia 28.X.1453-1457

Frederick of Habsburg

Janos Hunyadi

Ulrich of Cilli

Regent 1440-1452

Regent 1446-1453

Regent 1453-1456


King of Hungary and  Bohemia 1452/’53-1457


Heraldic seal


Arms: 1|2 Arpad & Bohemia,

Crown: Of three leaves

Supporters: Eagles.

In the margin: 1. Babenberg; 2. Silesia; 3. Luxemburg; 4. Moravia.



Ulrich of Cilli  Regent 1453-1456


King of Bohemia 1453-1457


House of Podiebrad



Arms: :: Bohemia.

Crown: Of five leaves

Supporters: Two Eagles

In the margin: Moravia, Luxemburg (!)  Lusatia and Silesia,



House of Hunyadi

Matthias Corvinus

*23.02. 1440-† 06.04.1490

Count of Bistritsa 1453

Elected King of Hungary 24.01. 1458

King of Hungary 29.03.1464

King of Bohemia 03.05 1469-1478

 ¥ Beatrix of Naples 1475

Titulary King of Bohemia 1478-1490

Duke of Austria 1485

Duke of Stiria, Carinthia and Krain 14851469


Achievement of Matthias Corvinus 1470ca

From: Livius, Titus: Historiarum decas III (lower margin)

Spencer Coll. 27. New York Public Libary  [3]


Arms: Quarterly of Arpad and Bohemia and an inescutcheon of Hunyadi.

Crown: Of five leaves

Supporters: Angels/putti


Most achievements of Matthias Corvinus on his manuscripts are supporterd by angels meaning By God’s Grace.


House of Jagiello

Vladislas II Jagiello


King of Bohemia 1471-1516

King of  Hungary 1490-1516


Great Seal of 1492


Arms: Gules, a lion double queued Argent crowned, langued and unguled Or.

Crown: Of five leaves

Supporters: Two lions

In the margin: Moravia, Silesia, Luxemburg, Lower Lusatia, Upper Lusatia and Görlitz  



Louis II


Knight of the Fleece nr. 145, Brussel 1516


House of Habsburg

Ferdinand I

Knight of the Fleece n° 130, 1516



Ferdinand I,  Medal with Achievement


The uncrowned arms of Bohemia with inescutecheo perpale of Babenberg and Castile, with the collar of the Order of the Fleece  supported by a royal eagle


Royal seal


Arms:¼ Arpad and Bohemia. Inescutcheon.: ¼: 1. 1|2 Babenberg and Burgundy; 2. ¼ Castile and Leon; 3. 1|2 Aragon and Trinacria; 4. ½ Valois and Brabant. Enté en point of: Granada.

Crown: Royal Crown:,

Order: Of the Fleece.

Supporters: Eagles 

Legend: FERDINANDUS + D + G + HVNG + BOEM + DAL + CROA + TC + REX + INF + HISP + ARCHID + AVST + DVX + BVRG + + TC + MARCHIO + MORAVIA + TC + COM + TIR. (Vredius p. 132)


For other achievements 1541 and 1564 see Bohemia Monarchy.


Maximilian II

 *1527 - †1576

Knight of the Fleece n° 192, Utrecht 1546

King of Bohemia 1562-1576

Roman King 1562 – 1564

King of Germany 1562

King of Hungary 1563 - 1572

Roman Emperor, Frankfurt, 1564


Achievement of Maximilian II

By Jost Amman


Arms: Quarterly:1.Arpad; 2. Bohemia; 3. ¼ Castile and Leon; 4. Per  pale of Burgendy and per fess of Tirol and Flanders. Inescutcheon: Babenberg.

Crown: A royal crown

Supporter: A two headed eagle Sable, billed, clawed and nimbused Or and Imperially crowned


The royal achievement of Maximilian II

on his tomb


Arms:  Or, a two-heade eagle Sable, billed, clawed and nimbused Or, on its breast an inescucheon: Quarterly of Arpad and Bohemia, a second inescutcheon Per fess of Spain and the Netherlands with a third inescutcheon per pale of Flanders and Tirol

Crown: A Royal  or Imperial Crown

Order: Of the Fleece (missing)

Supporters: Two griffins


Rudolf II




Print of the secret seal of Rudolph

With his autograph


Arms: Quarterly of Arpad and Bohemia and an inescutcheo per pale of Babenberg and Burgundy.

Crown: A royal crown

Order: Of the Fleece

Supporter: The imperial eagle, imperially crowned



*1557 - †1619

Knight of the Fleece n° 282, 1596

King of Hungariy 1608 - 1618

King of Bohemis 1611

King of Germany 1612

Roman Emperor, Frankfurt, 1612


Achievement of Matthias

on a gold ducat of Matthias, 1617


Arms: Quarterly of Arpad and Bohemia and an inescutcheo perpaple of Babenberg and Burgundy.

Crown: A royal crown

Order: Of the Fleece

Supporter: The imperial eagle, imperially crowned and with a sword in its dexter and a scpter in his sinister claw.


The achievement of Matthias

On the gate of Prague Castle


Arms: Or, a two-headed eagle Sable, billed, and clawed Or and an inescutcheo Quarterly: 1.Arpad, 2&3. Bohemia; 4. Hungary; and a second inescutcheon per pale of Babenberg and Burgundy.

Order: Of the Fleece around the first inescutcheon

Crown: An imperial crown

Supporters: Two Griffins


House of Wittelsbach

Frederick V      



Arms of Frederick V, King of Bohemia with his signature in the album amicorum of  Quirijn van der Maes, burgomaster of The Hague, 1631. K.B. Den Haag.


Achievement of Frederick of the Palatinate

From: Vorstelijk Vertoon. Den Haag, 1997. p. 93.


Arms: 1|6: 1. Bohemia; 2. 1/3 Palatinate, Wittelsbach and Arch Bailiff; 3. Moravia; 4. Silesia; 5. Upper Lusatia; 6. Lower Lusatia.

Crown: A royal crown 4,3,2.

Order: Of the Garter.

Supporters: Two lion guardant proper, royally crowned.

House of Habsburg

Ferdinand II



Seal of Ferdinand II with larger achievement [4]


Arms: Quarterly of Arpad and Bohemia and an inescutcheon: ¼ of Babenberg, Castile, Burgundy and Arargon with a second inescutcheon pr pale of Tirol and Flanders

Crown: A Royal crown, supported by two angels

Order: Of the Fleece

Supporter: Imperial eagle imperially crowned



Ferdinand III




Ferdinand IV


 King of Bohemia 1646-1654

King of Hungary and Croatia 1647

Knight of the Fleece n° 425, 1650

Duke of Teschen 1653

Roman King 1653


Ferdinand IV (8 September 1633 – 9 July 1654) was made King of Bohemia in 1646, King of Hungary and Croatia in 1647, and King of the Romans on 31 May 1653. He also served as Duke of Cieszyn.

After the French attempted to modify the system of the election of King of the Romans, Emperor Ferdinand III made an opportunity of a recent decline in the prestige of France, and was able to install Ferdinand IV as King of the Romans, and de facto heir to the Holy Roman Empire. He was crowned in Regensburg, on 18 June 1653 after gaining the position on 31 May 1653.he unexpectedly died of smallpox in Vienna on 9 July 1654.


Achievement of Ferdianand IV

On his portrait by Andreas van der Hulle


Arms: Quarterly: 1. Arpad; 2. Bohemia; 3. ¼ of Castile and Leon; 4. 1|2 Burgundy and perp pale of Tirol and Flanders. Inescutcheon: Babenberg.

Crown: An imperial crown

Order: Of the Fleece

Supporters: Two eagles


Leopold I

*1640 - † 1705

Knight of the Fleece n°440, 1654

Roman King 1654

King of Hungary 1655

King of Bohemia 1656

Roman Emperor 07.1658


Achievement on the Rudolphs Gate of Linz Castle



From: Johann Siebmachers Wappenbuch T. VI. 3


Arms: ¼ of Arpad and Bohemia. and an inescutcheon: ¼: 1. 1|2 Babenberg and Burgundiy; 2. ¼ Castile andLeon; 3. 1|2 Aragon and Brabant; 4. ½ Swabia and Flanders; enté en point of Granada; and on a second inescutcheon 1|2 Tirol/Habsburg.

Crown: A royal crown

Order: Of the Fleece

Supporter: Imperial eagle imperially crowned

In the Margin (clockwise): Silesia,  Lower Lusatiar, Upper Lusatia; Görlitz; Luxemburg; Moravia.

Legend: Wappen der Königlichen Chur Boheim dessen sich Keiserl. Majestät als König und Chur Furst gebraucht.

(Siebmacher 1703 T. VI. 3)


Joseph I


Knight of the Fleece n° 538, 1687



Charles VI

*1685 - † 1740

Knight of the Fleece n° 588, 1697

King of Spain 1703-1714

King of Bohemia 1711-1740

Roman Emperor 12.10.1711

Crowned 22.12.1711

King of Sardinia 1714

King of Napels 1714

Duke of Milan 1714


Achievement on the Old Town Hall of Chrudim (Pardubice), 1721


Achievement of the Kingdom of Bohemia in the time of Emperor Charles VI (1711-’40)


Arms: ¼ of Bohemia, Moravia, Silezia and impaled of the Lusatias. In fess point impaled of Austria and Castilia.

Crown: A royal crown

Supporters: Two lions, the dexter with a sword, the sinister with an orb

Mantle: With a ciborium royally crowned

Base: Decorated with lion heads

Charles VII Albert Wittelsbach

*1697- †1745

Knight of the Fleece n° 640, 1715

Elector of Bavaria 1726

King of Bohemia 1741-1743

Roman Emperor 1742

Achievement of Charles VII as a Roman Emperor


Arms: Quarterly of Wittelsbach and Palatinate of the Rhine and an inescutcheon of the Arch bailiff of the Empire.

Crown: An electors cap

Orders: Of the Fleece and Hubertusorden

Supporter: A two-headed eagle Sable, billed, clawed and nimbused Or, in its dexter claw a sword and a sceptre and in its sinister claw an orb, imperially crowned.


As a wson-in-law of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles Albert rejected the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 and claimed the German territories of the Habsburg dynasty after the death of emperor Charles VI in 1740. With the treaty of Nymphenburg concluded in July 1741, Charles Albert allied with France and Spain against Austria.

During the War of the Austrian Succession Charles Albert invaded Upper Austria in 1741 and planned to conquer Vienna, but his allied French troops under the Duc de Belle-Isle were redirected to Bohemia instead and Prague was conquered in November 1741. So Charles Albert was crowned King of Bohemia in Prague (19 December 1741)

Most of Bohemia was lost in December 1742 again when the Austrians allowed the French under the Duc de Belle-Isle and the Duc de Broglie an honourable capitulation

Maria Theresia


Queen and Elector of Bohemia 1740-1780

¥  1736 Francis Stephen of Lorraine Emperor 1745-†1765

Empress 1745-1780


Achievement 1740-1745

Arms: ¼: 1. Bohemia; 2. Moravia; 3. Silesia 4. 1|2 van Upper- and Lowerr Lusatia. Inescutcheon.: 1|2 of Babenberg and Castile.

Crown.: Royal crown.

Supporters.: D. Lion with sword; S.: Lion with globe.

Royal mantle with ciborium and on a platform decorated with lion´s heads. [5]



Arms: Bohemia

Crown: An electors cap

Supporter: A two-headed eagle Sable, billed, clawed and nimbused Or, imperially crowned

Joseph II


Knight of the Fleece n° 716, 1741




Decree of Joseph II abolishing serfdom, 1781

The Bohemian achievement (without collar) in the head

Leopold II


Knight of the Fleece n° 753, 1755


Francis I (II)       


Knight of the Fleece n° 797, 1768


During the rule of Francis I the arms of Teschen were added:

Das zweyte Hauptquartier zur Linken, besteht aus einem, ein Mahl quer, dan oben ebenfalls ein Mahl, unten aber zwey Mahl, nach der Länge getheilten Schilde, mit einem Mittelschilde.

Der Mittelschild hat einen aufgerichteten zweygeschänzten, gekrönten, silbernen Löwen im rothen Felde, wegen des Königreichs Böhmen; er ist mit der Königlich=Böhmische Krone bedeckt.

Oben zur Rechten im blauen Felde, ein rechtssehender, von Silber und roth geschachter, gekrönter Adler, wegen des Markgrafthums Mähren; zur linken im güldenen Felde, ein rechtssehender, schwarzer, gekrönter Adler, auf seiner Brust ein silbernes, auf einem gleichen, halben Monde ruhendes Kreuz; der Mond verlängert sich bis in die Flügel, und endiget mit Kleeblättern, wegen des Herzogthums Ober- und Nieder-Schlesien.

Unten zur Rechten im blauen Felde, eine güldenen Mauer, mit schwarzen Mauerstrichen, und drey Zinnen, wegen der Markgrafschaft Oberlausnitz; zur Linken im silbernen Felde auf grünem Boden ein rechtssehender, rother, am Bauche aber weißer Ochse, wegen Niederlausnitz; in der Mitte ein güldener, rechtssehender Adler im Blauen Felde, wegen des Herzogthums Teschen. [6]

Ferdinand V


Knight of the Fleece n° 856, 1793


In the larger arms of state of 1836-1866 the quarter for the Bohemian Monarchy identical with the same in the arms of Francis I



Knight of the Fleece n° 946, 1844


Charles II


Knight of the Fleece n° 1150, 1905



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[1] Posse, Otto: Die Siegel der deutschen Kaiser und Könige v. 2 (1347 - 1493) 1910 , II, pl. 7, N° s 3 & 4; 8, N° 2.

[2] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Posse_Band_2_0007.jpg

[3] Csaba, Sapodi & Klára Csapodi-Gárdonyi: The History of the Bibliotheca Corviniana.. Budapest 1969 & 1981

[4] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Posse_Band_3_0049.jpg

[5] As illusrated in:: Prochazka, Roman de: La Bohème et les Blasons des Personnes Physiques et Morales. Étude sur l'héraldique des pays de la Tchèchoslovaquie. In: Archivum Heraldicum. 1969, pp. 50-55.

[6]  Gall pp. 66-67.