How did the Holy Roman Empire Form? | Animated History

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The Holy Roman Empire was one of the oldest and most influential imperial institutions in all of Medieval history. Tracing its roots back to the early Frankish kingdoms and the heroic deeds of men like Charles Martel and Charlemagne, the HRE existed in one form or another for nearly a thousand years. Yet the term 'Holy Roman Empire' did not enter common use until the 13th Century with the reign of Frederick Barbarossa. In this video, we explore why this was the case, delving into the Empire's long and tumultuous relationship with the Papacy in Rome, and the circumstances that led to the end of that relationship for good.

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Sources:
Wilson, Peter. Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire, Harvard University: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016
Stollberg-Rilinger, Barbara. The Holy Roman Empire, Yair Translation, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2018
Reuter, T. ‘The origins of the German Sonderweg? The Empire and its rulers in the high Middle Ages’, Duggan A. (ed.), Kings and Kingship in Medieval Europe, London, 1993
Roach, L. Emperor Otto III and the end of time, TRHS, 6th series, 23, 2013

Otto of Freising and his continuator Rahewin, The deeds of Frederick Barbarossa tr. Charles Christopher Mierow with Richard Emery. New York: Columbia University Press, 1953. Reprinted

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Imagine ancient romans and germanic tribes learning that theyre gonna have a thing together in the future

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I know the HRE is super memeable, but staying together for a thousand years while constantly being on the brink of collapse is very impressive

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Holy Roman Empire was very fascinating. I finished reading "Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire" lately and I was amazed how this state functioned and why we should not judge it by our modern perspective of centralized states.

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Here’s an idea: could you make a video about what life was like in the European African colonies? What was life like in, say, Portuguese Angola and was it different to life in Belgian Congo?

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Ah... the era when “I swear to God” carried weight...

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"Lawsuits having not yet been invented" ... Romans be like: WTF

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"Holy Roman Empire is kinda like king cobras, they're neither kings nor cobras"

- Pickelhat's last words after being attacked by King cobras released by Holy Roman soldiers to silence Pickelhat

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Otto is the most important person in European history who nobody ever talks about.

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The Holy Roman Empire in a nutshell
Everything is good but it’s still on fire

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12:30 - When you play EU4 enough to recognize most of the Electors just looking at their coats of arms.

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