1500, Feb 241506-15561558, Sep 21
ruler of both the Spanish Empire from 1516 and the Holy Roman Empire from 1519, as well as of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1506. He voluntarily stepped down from these and other positions by a series of abdications between 1554 and 1556. Through inheritance, he brought together under his rule extensive territories in western, central, and southern Europe, and the Spanish colonies in the Americas and Asia. As a result, his domains spanned nearly four million square kilometers and were the first to be described as "the empire on which the sun never sets".
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05/19/1515-George of Saxony sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles V 
06/28/1519-King Carlos I elected as Roman Catholic German emperor Charles V
07/10/1520-King Charles V and King Henry VIII signs treaty of Calais 
10/26/1520- Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, coronated in Germany
04/28/1521-Diet of Worms: Emperor Charles V names his brother Ferdinand Arch duke of Netherlands-Austria 
05/28/1521-Pope Leo X signs treaty with German emperor Charles V 
10/25/1521-Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam 
11/19/1521-Battle of Milan: Emperor Charles V's/pontifical/Spanish/German troops beat France and occupy Milan 
04/29/1522-Emperor Charles V names Frans van Holly inquisitor-general of Netherlands 
07/15/1524-Emperor Charles V bans German national synode 
08/19/1524-Emperor Charles V's troops besieges Marseille 
09/29/1524-Emperor Charles V's troops give siege of Marseille 
02/24/1525-Battle of Pavia: Emperor Charles V's Imperial troops beat French king
01/14/1526- Charles V and Francis I of France sign Treaty of Madrid -- Francis I forced to give up claims in Burgundy, Italy and Flanders
03/10/1526-Emperor Charles V marries princess Isabella of Portugal 
06/07/1527-Sack of Rome: Pope Clement VII surrenders to emperor Charles V's armies
01/22/1528-England and France declare war on Emperor Charles V 
10/20/1528-Treaty of Gorinchem between Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Duke Charles II of Guelders
06/29/1529-Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII sign Treaty of Barcelona 
08/05/1529-The Treaty of Cambrai -- aka the "Ladies' Peace" -- signed by emperor Charles V and King Francis I of France
02/24/1530-First imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V 
06/09/1531-Pope Clement VII and Francis I of France sign secret treaty against Charles V 
06/23/1532- Henry VIII and Francis I of France signs secret treaty against emperor Charles V
07/23/1532- Charles V and evangelical monarchy signs Peace of Nuremberg 
02/26/1534-Pope Charles V appoints George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht (confirmed in 1535 by Pope Paul III) 
10/26/1534- Charles V names George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht 
06/14/1535- Charles V's fleet sails under Andrea Doria to Tunis 
07/14/1535-Emperor Charles V conquers Tunis 
02/18/1536-France and Turkey sign miltitary/trade agreement against King Charles V 
06/18/1538-Truce of Nice: ends war between Emperor Charles V and King Francis I of France
07/15/1538-Peace talks between Charles V and King Francis I of France 
02/01/1539-Emperor Charles V and King Francis I of France sign anti-English treaty 
02/15/1539-Emperor Charles V receives Cardinal Reginald Pole in Toledo 
04/19/1539-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V signs Treaty of Frankfurt
02/14/1540-Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
04/29/1540-After a revolt, emperor Charles V revokes all historical privileges in Ghent with the Caroline Concession 
08/29/1540-Emperor Charles V deprives city of Ghent definitive rights/privileges 
02/11/1543- Charles V and Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant 
08/22/1543-Emperor Charles V's army occupies Duren 
09/07/1543-Treaty of Venlo: Duke William of Julich-Cleves-Berg surrenders to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
05/23/1544-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V recognizes king Christian III of Denmark 
09/18/1544-HRE Charles V of Germany and Francis I of France sign Peace of Crepy
04/24/1547-Battle of Mühlberg: Emperor Charles V vs John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony
05/16/1547-Protestant German monarch surrenders to Charles V in Wittenberg 
05/19/1547-Duke John Frederick I surrenders to Charles V 
09/01/1547- Charles V demands creation of Imperial League (German state) 
06/30/1548-Emperor Charles V orders Catholics to become Lutherans 
04/29/1550-Emperor Charles V gives inquisiters additional authority 
03/09/1551-Emperor Charles V appoints son Philip II as heir to the throne 
04/19/1552- Maurice of Saxony captures Charles V 
08/02/1552-Peace of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
10/31/1552-Emperor Charles V and Albert, Duke of Prussia, strike siege for Metz 
10/21/1555-Emperor Charles V makes Erard of Pallandt earl of Culemborg 
10/25/1555-Emperor Charles V puts his son Philip II in charge of Netherlands/Naples/Milan
01/16/1556-Emperor Charles V appoints his son Philip II as king of Spain
03/28/1556- Charles V's son Philip II crowned king of Spain 
09/12/1556-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V resigns, his brother Ferdinand I takes over 
09/13/1556- Charles V and Maria of Hungary march into Spain 
09/15/1556-Vlissingen ex-emperor Charles V returns to Spain 
10/17/1556-Ex-emperor Charles V departs Netherland for Spain 
12/29/1558-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V buried 
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