In 1777 Edward, the ninth of the Howard dukes, died childless in his ninety-second year.
His Irish title descended to his brother William, the general, who died childless in 1814.
Dean was childless but Cynthia was mother to a twenty-year-old college student.
He there received the imperial crown, and summoned the Italian princes for a settlement of all disputed claims. Francesco Sforza, the last and childless heir of the ducal house, was left in Milan till his death, which happened in 1535.
She was a woman of great ability andstrong character, and during the years which followed the death of the emperor Francis was probably the most influential personage at the Austrian court; for the emperor Ferdinand, who succeeded in 1835, was physically and mentally incapable of performing the duties of his office; as he was childless, Francis Joseph was in the direct line of succession.