History

The Holy Roman Empire: A Short History

    Preface by
  • Yair Mintzker
    Translated by
  • Yair Mintzker

From acclaimed historian Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, an incomparable introduction to this momentous period in the history of Europe

Paperback

Price:
$17.95 / £14.99
ISBN:
Published (US):
May 11, 2021
Published (UK):
Jun 1, 2021
Pages:
184
Size:
5.5 x 8.5 in.
Illus:
2 b/w illus.
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The Holy Roman Empire emerged in the Middle Ages as a loosely integrated union of German states and city-states under the supreme rule of an emperor, and would endure until its dissolution in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger provides a concise history of the empire, presenting an interpretation of its unique political culture and remarkably durable institutions. In a narrative spanning three turbulent centuries, Stollberg-Rilinger shows how it was a political body unlike any other, bound together by personal loyalty and reciprocity, tradition and shared purpose, and constantly reenacted by solemn rituals.