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Albert II was the head of the House of Habsburg, and was married to Elizabeth of Luxembourg, who was the daughter of Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor.
Early Life and Marriage
Albert was born in Vienna as the son of Albert IV, Duke of Austria, and Johanna Sophia of Bavaria on August 10, 1397. He became the Duke of Austria at the age of seven upon the death of his father.
His uncle, Duke William of Inner Austria served as regent during Albert's youth. William's younger brothers also served as regents, and were plotting to take the throne. However, the respected young Duke managed to gain control over his governent after a rival claimant (William's father) died in 1411. Albert then preceded to effectively reform many excesses which had developed during the regency.