Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Imperium Romanum Sacrum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich, Italian: Sacro Romano Impero, Czech: Svatá říše římská, Slovene: Sveto rimsko cesarstvo ) was a varying complex of lands that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe. It grew out of East Francia, one of the primary divisions of the Frankish Empire. Its character changed during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, when the power of the emperor gradually weakened in favour of the princes. In its last centuries, it had become quite close to a union of territories.
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... Prussia, unlike Brandenburg, lay outside the Holy Roman Empire, within which only the emperor and the ruler of Bohemia could call themselves king ... title of Elector of Brandenburg for the remainder of the empire's run ... Although Brandenburg remained part of the Holy Roman Empire, the emperor's overlordship over it and the rest of the empire had become only nominal by this time ...
... Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor, deposed 1215 ... Adolf, King of the Romans, deposed 1298 ...
... office of Chancellor has a long history, stemming back to the Holy Roman Empire ... at the chapel of an Imperial palace during the Carolingian Empire was called Chancellor (from Latin cancellarius) ... officio German Archchancellor, a position he held until the end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, while de jure the Archbishop of Cologne was Chancellor of Italy and the ...
1494-1559 Italian Wars League of Cambrai - The Papal States, France, Aragon, Holy Roman Empire Catholic League (Italian) - The Papal States, Venice, England, Aragon ...
... regional groupings of most (though not all) of the various states of the Empire for the purposes of defence, imperial taxation, supervision of coining, peace-keeping functions ...
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“Ce corps qui sappelait et qui sappelle encore le saint empire romain nétait en aucune manière ni saint, ni romain, ni empire. This agglomeration which called itself and still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was in no way holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”
—Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (16941778)
“The Roman Empire stood appalled:
It dropped the reins of peace and war
When that fierce virgin and her Star
Out of the fabulous darkness called.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“It is an immense misfortune to the empire to have a king of such a disposition at such a time. We are told and every thing proves it true that he is the bitterest enemy we have.... To undo his empire he has but one truth more to learn, that after colonies have drawn the sword there is but one step more they can take.”
—Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
“Is this a holy thing to see
In a rich and fruitful land,
Babes reduced to misery,
Fed with cold and usurous hand?”
—William Blake (17571827)
“I remember when I was first assigned to jets. I said to the colonel, Colonel, I joined this mans air force to fly an airplane. But nobodys gonna hitch me to no Roman candle.”
—Kurt Neumann (19061958)