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John of Austria

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John of Austria (1547–78), Spanish military commander, illegitimate son of Emperor Charles V. Noted for his skill and gallantry, he commanded the Christian fleet and defeated Turks at Lepanto (1571) and conquered Tunis (1573). Governor general of the Spanish Netherlands (1576–78), he fought the rebellion of William the Silent.

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