Pragmatic Sanction 1713
Holy Roman emperor
Charles VI composed the
Pragmatic Sanction of April 19, 1713, to make sure that his heirs
would inherit the complete number of lands he owned.
What Did the Pragmatic
The document decreed that the first in line
to inherit Charles' estate was his eldest son, should he exist.
in line would be his eldest daughter, should she exist.
In case that there wouldn't be any
children, the children of Charles's late brother
Joseph would be next in line.
Did Everything Go
Of course not.
have a son, but he died soon after his birth. The next child was a
Charles VI died in 1740 and,
naturally, the Pragmatic Sanction was questioned.
In particular, it was challenged by
Charles Albert of Bavaria and
Great of Prussia, which resulted in the
War of the Austrian Succession.