|Thurn und Taxis board game|
|Maximilian I, by Albrecht Dürer (1519)|
It was Charles I who, in 1516, established a contract with the Taxis family who expanded Maximilian's network to Italy and Spain and established a route from Antwerp via Innsbruch to Rome and Naples. The revolutionary development was the permission received by the Taxis family to take letters for private clients. In return, the Habsburgs were relieved of the cost of maintaining the network, and the Taxis family had to invest in infrastructure: purpose-built postal stations, for instance, thereby relieving postal riders with the necessity of staying in inns.
|Post Boys and Horses, by George Morland (1794)|
Picture sources: Hans im Glück; Arteparnasomania; Jane Austen's World