Continental Europe included many kingdoms, principalities, and empires during the medieval period. These political entities were ruled by kings, duke, and other monarchs.
Some European dynasties emerged as more powerful and resilient. Their descendants would go on to supply heirs to many crowns across the continent, and keep the dynasty in power for centuries.
Here is a look at some of the most powerful and notable dynasties of continental Europe
The House of Habsburg continued to supply monarchs for continental Europe from the 5th century all the way until 15th century.
Originating in Central Europe, the House of Habsburg eventually became one of the most powerful and formidable dynasties of Europe.
Its territories included modern-day
and several neighboring territories.
By the 15th century, Habsburgs’ power rivaled and even outmatched that of France.
It reached its zenith in the reign of the most powerful Habsburg monarch, Charles V. During his reign, Spanish colonization of the Americas also began, effectively adding territories from a newly-discovered continent to Habsburg possessions.