The Holy Roman Empire Volume 1

The Holy Roman Empire Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... See held out, these were the causes whose steady action laid the foundation of that territorial independence which rose into a stable fabric at the era of the Great Interregnuml'. Frederick II had by two Pragmatic sanctions, A.D. 1220 and 1232, granted, or rather con-On. XIII. firmed, rights already customary, such as to give the _;--_--bishops and nobles legal sovereignty in their own b The interregnum is by some the whole period from Frederick reckoned as the two years before II or Conrad IV till Rudolf 's Richard's election; by others, as accession. towns and territories, except when the Emperor should be present; and thus his direct jurisdiction became restricted to his narrowed domain, and to the cities immediately dependent on the crown. With so much less to do, an Emperor became altogether a less necessary personage; and hence the seven mag nates of the realm, now by law or custom sole electors, were in no haste to fill up the place of Conrad IV, whom the supporters of his father Frederick had acknowledged. William of Holland was in the field, Doul.le but rejected by the Swabian party: on his death a fiiggrndof new election was called for, and at last set on foot. fE9lmcentsl The archbishop of Cologne advised his brethren to %': l; 4, 6 choose some one rich enough to support the dignity, cents'@'lenot strong enough to be feared by the electors: both requisites met in Richard Plantagenet, earl of Corn wall, brother of the English Henry III. He received three, eventually four votes, came to Germany, and was crowned at Aachen. But three of the electors, finding that his bribe to them was lower than to the others, seceded in disgust, and chose Alfonso X of Castile, who, shrewder thashow more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507681
  • 9781236507686