Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire
Sacrum Imperium Romanum (Latin)
Heiliges Römisches Reich (German)
Quaternion Eagle (1510)
Quaternion Eagle.svg
The Holy Roman Empire at its greatest territorial extent (c. 1200–1250)
The Holy Roman Empire at its greatest territorial extent (c. 1200–1250)
Aachen (800–1562)
  • 800–888 (as capital) 800–1562 (Coronation of King of Germany)
Palermo (1194–1254)
Innsbruck (1508–1519)
  • Seat of the Hofkammer and the Court Chancery[5][6]
Vienna (ca. 1550s–1583, 1612–1806)
Frankfurt (1562–1806)
Prague (1583–1612)
Common languagesGerman, Medieval Latin (administrative/liturgical/ceremonial)
Official religions:
Chalcedonian Christianity (800/962–11th century)
Catholicism (11th century–1806)
Lutheranism (1555–1806)
Calvinism (1648–1806)

see details
GovernmentConfederal feudal elective monarchy
Mixed monarchy (since Imperial Reform)[15]
• 800–814
Charlemagne[a] (first)
• 1792–1806
Francis II (last)
LegislatureImperial Diet
Historical eraMiddle Ages to early modern period
25 December 800
• East Frankish Otto I is crowned Emperor of the Romans
2 February 962
• Conrad II assumes crown of the Kingdom of Burgundy
2 February 1033
25 September 1555
24 October 1648
2 December 1805
6 August 1806
1050[d]1,000,000 km2 (390,000 sq mi)
• 1700[16]
• 1800[16]
CurrencyMultiple: thaler, guilder, groschen, Reichsthaler
Preceded by
Succeeded by
East Francia
Kingdom of Italy
Carolingian Dynasty
Confederation of the Rhine Commemorative Medal of the Rhine Confederation.svg
Austrian Empire
Kingdom of Prussia
Papal States
Old Swiss Confederacy
Kingdom of Sardinia
Duchy of Savoy
Dutch Republic
Today part of

The Holy Roman Empire,[17] also known as the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation after 1512, was a political entity[18] in Western, Central, and Southern Europe that developed in the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars.[19]

From the accession of Otto I in 962 until the twelfth century, the Empire was the most powerful monarchy in Europe.[20] The functioning of government depended on the harmonious cooperation between monarch and vassals,[21] but this harmony was disturbed during the Salian period.[22] The empire reached the apex of territorial expansion and power under the House of Hohenstaufen in the mid-thirteenth century, but overextending led to partial collapse.[23][24]

On 25 December 800, Pope Leo III crowned the Frankish king Charlemagne as Roman emperor, reviving the title in Western Europe, more than three centuries after the fall of the earlier ancient Western Roman Empire in 476.[25] In theory and diplomacy, the emperors were considered primus inter pares, regarded as first among equals among other Catholic monarchs across Europe.[26] The title continued in the Carolingian family until 888 and from 896 to 899, after which it was contested by the rulers of Italy in a series of civil wars until the death of the last Italian claimant, Berengar I, in 924. The title was revived again in 962 when Otto I, King of Germany, was crowned emperor by Pope John XII, fashioning himself as the successor of Charlemagne[27] and beginning a continuous existence of the empire for over eight centuries.[28][29][e] Some historians refer to the coronation of Charlemagne as the origin of the empire,[30][31] while others prefer the coronation of Otto I as its beginning.[32][33] Henry the Fowler, the founder of the medieval German state (ruled 919–936),[34] has sometimes been considered the founder of the Empire as well.[35] The modern view favours Otto as the true founder.[36] Scholars generally concur in relating an evolution of the institutions and principles constituting the empire, describing a gradual assumption of the imperial title and role.[37][30]

The exact term "Holy Roman Empire" was not used until the 13th century,[38] but the Emperor's legitimacy always rested on the concept of translatio imperii, that he held supreme power inherited from the ancient emperors of Rome.[37] The imperial office was traditionally elective through the mostly German prince-electors.

During the final phase of the reign of Emperor Frederick III (ruled 1452–1493), Imperial Reform began. The reform would largely materialize during Maximilian I's rule (from 1486 as King of the Romans, from 1493 as sole ruler, and from 1508 as Holy Roman Emperor, until his death in 1519). The Empire transformed into the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation. It was during this time that the Empire gained most of its institutions, which endured until its final demise in the nineteenth century.[39][40]

According to Thomas Brady Jr., the Empire, after the Imperial Reform, was a political body of remarkable longevity and stability, and "resembled in some respects the monarchical polities of Europe's western tier, and in others the loosely integrated, elective polities of East Central Europe." The new corporate German Nation, instead of simply obeying the emperor, negotiated with him.[41][42] On 6 August 1806, Emperor Francis II dissolved the empire following the creation – the month before, by Emperor of the French Napoleon I – of the Confederation of the Rhine, a confederation of German client states.

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