Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire, the varying complex of lands in western and central Europe ruled over first by Frankish and then by German kings for 10 centuries —
Kingdom of Burgundy from to High Middle Ages[ edit ] Investiture controversy[ edit ] Kings often employed bishops in administrative affairs and often determined who would be appointed to ecclesiastical offices. Meanwhile, the German princes had elected another king, Rudolf of Swabia.
After his death, his second son, Henry Vreached an agreement with the Pope and the bishops in the Concordat of Worms. The Pope and the German princes had surfaced as major players in the political system of the empire.
Imperial and directly held Hohenstaufen lands in the Empire are shown in bright yellow. When the Salian dynasty ended with Henry V's death inthe princes chose not to elect the next of kin, but rather Lothairthe moderately powerful but already old Duke of Saxony.
When he died inthe princes again aimed to check royal power; accordingly they did not elect Lothair's favoured heir, his son-in-law Henry the Proud of the Welf family, but Conrad III of the Hohenstaufen family, the grandson of Emperor Henry IV and thus a nephew of Emperor Henry V.
This led to over a century of strife between the two houses. Conrad ousted the Welfs from their possessions, but after his death inhis nephew Frederick I "Barbarossa" succeeded him and made peace with the Welfs, restoring his cousin Henry the Lion to his — albeit diminished — possessions.
The Hohenstaufen rulers increasingly lent land to ministerialia, formerly non-free servicemen, who Frederick hoped would be more reliable than dukes. Initially used mainly for war services, this new class of people would form the basis for the later knightsanother basis of imperial power.
A further important constitutional move at Roncaglia was the establishment of a new peace mechanism for the entire empire, the Landfriedenwith the first imperial one being issued in under Henry IV at Mainz. Another new concept of the time was the systematic foundation of new cities by the Emperor and by the local dukes.
These were partly caused by the explosion in population, and they also concentrated economic power at strategic locations. Before this, cities had only existed in the form of old Roman foundations or older bishoprics. Cities that were founded in the 12th century include Freiburgpossibly the economic model for many later cities, and Munich.
Frederick Ialso called Frederick Barbarossa, was crowned Emperor in He emphasized the "Romanness" of the empire, partly in an attempt to justify the power of the Emperor independent of the now strengthened Pope. An imperial assembly at the fields of Roncaglia in reclaimed imperial rights in reference to Justinian 's Corpus Juris Civilis.
Imperial rights had been referred to as regalia since the Investiture Controversy but were enumerated for the first time at Roncaglia.
This comprehensive list included public roads, tariffs, coining, collecting punitive fees, and the investiture or seating and unseating of office holders. These rights were now explicitly rooted in Roman Law, a far-reaching constitutional act. Frederick's policies were primarily directed at Italy, where he clashed with the increasingly wealthy and free-minded cities of the north, especially Milan.
He also embroiled himself in another conflict with the Papacy by supporting a candidate elected by a minority against Pope Alexander III — Frederick supported a succession of antipopes before finally making peace with Alexander in The Complete List of Holy Roman Emperors.
The Holy Roman Emperor (German: Römisch-deutscher Kaiser, Latin: Romanorum Imperator) was the ruler of the Holy Roman timberdesignmag.com position evolved into an elected monarchy, but the emperor elect (imperator electus) was until the 15th century required to be crowned by the Pope before assuming the imperial title.
The Holy Roman Empire (HRE)was faced with many difficulties during the later Middle Ages. The vast distances between territorial holdings, extreme regional disparities, ethnic complexities, and the lack of a strong hereditary kingship prevented the consolidation and centralisation of authority that characterised the New Monarchies of England, France, and Spain.
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