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Archduke

Title of nobility in the Holy Roman Empire
Crown of the Archduke of Austria.

The title of Archduke (feminine: Archduchess) (German: Erzherzog, feminine form: Erzherzogin) is a rank above Duke and under King. It is very rare. It was used only by males of the House of Habsburg.

Ruler styleEdit

The English word is recorded only since 1530, derived from Middle Latin archidux, from arch(i)- (see arch- (adj.)) + dux 'duke' .

Archduke (Erzherzog) is a title distinct from Grand Duke (Großherzog or Großfürst) that is used in some other German royal houses and still in sovereign Luxemburg.

Fictional ArchdukesEdit

Famous archdukes and duchessesEdit

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