The Medieval Empire - Vol. 1

The Medieval Empire - Vol. 1

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The Medieval Empire - Vol. 1

The Medieval Empire - Vol. 1

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When Conrad the Franconian died in 1919, it might have seemed as if the four German nations were destined to fall apart. The consciousness of common danger, especially front the Hungarians, the reminiscence of political unity, and some vague feeling of common kinship decided for the continuance of the German monarchy, and the crown, at the request of the dying Conrad, was given to Henry the Saxon.

For a hundred and five years the Saxon dynasty ruled Germany. Though the throne was elective, there was during all this period no counter candidate who received serious support, and it is significant of the influence of the dynasty, that the German people acquiesced in a twelve years minority after the death of Otto the Second, and that the policy of Otto the Third, which tended to sacrifice Germany to Italy, and Aix to Rome, was not sufficient to deter the electors from offering the crown to his nearest male relative on his death. The two great victories won over the Hungarians by Henry the Fowler and Otto the First respectively, the assumption of the imperial crown by Otto the First, the marriage of Otto the Second with the Byzantine princess Theophano, the vigorous prosecution of the Slavonic wars and the northern mission . . .

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