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Daemon
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End of the Holy Roman Empire: Francis II Abdicates (1806)

Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, came to power just before the outbreak of war with Napoleon's France. His armies were defeated, and he ceded the left bank of the Rhine to France in exchange for Venetia and Dalmatia. In 1798, he joined the Second Coalition against France, but he was again defeated. He eventually consented to the virtual dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and assumed the title of emperor of Austria. Though he despised Napoleon, Francis allowed him to marry whom? More...
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He allowed Napoleon to marry his daughter Marie Louise of Austria on 10 March 1810 which was his most severe defeat
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I read about this huge struggle between Austria and Prussia in the wonderful book, The Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Fall of Prussia 1600-1947. Prussia which came from a weak and small state (electorate), grew and became so powerful, it managed to defeat Austria and got the other German states to join a union, forming Germany. What an epic story!
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Marie-Louise, in full Marie-louise-léopoldine-françoise-thérèse-joséphine-lucie, German Maria-luise-leopoldina-franziska-theresia-josepha-luzia Von Habsburg-lothringen, also called (1817–47) Maria Luigia D’asburgo-lorena, Duchessa Di Parma, Piacenza, E Guastalla (born Dec. 12, 1791, Vienna—died Dec. 17, 1847, Parma, Italy), Austrian archduchess who became empress of the French (impératrice des Français), as the second wife of the emperor Napoleon I; she was later duchess of Parma, Piacenza, and Guastalla.

Marie-Louise, a member of the House of Habsburg, was the eldest daughter of the Holy Roman emperor Francis II (Francis I of Austria) and Maria Theresa of Naples-Sicily and niece of Marie-Antoinette, queen of France. Klemens von Metternich, the Austrian statesman, seems to have suggested her to Napoleon, who was looking for a wife with royal blood and had already decided to dissolve his childless marriage with the empress Joséphine. The match was arranged in February 1810.

http://global.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/365097/Marie-Louise
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Applause Thanks for tehe additional information.
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