What is Holy Roman Empire?

  • (noun): The lands ruled by Charlemagne; a continuation of the Roman Empire in Europe.
    Synonyms: First Reich

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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... has a long history, stemming back to the Holy Roman Empire ... the head of the clerics at the chapel of an Imperial palace during the Carolingian Empire was called Chancellor (from Latin cancellarius) ... 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 Archbishop of Trier of Burgundy ...

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