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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... Netherlands, Austria, and Italy, an empire indeed. While visiting Rome, on Christmas day in the year 800, he was crowned by Pope Leo III as Charles Augustus, Roman emperor, and was regarded as the successor of Augustus, Constantine, and the old Roman emperors. He reigned over all his wide dominion with power and wisdom, a conqueror, reformer, legislator, patron of education and of the church. In theory his empire lasted a thousand years, but only for a short time was its authority over Europe real. The Weakness and incapacity of Charlemagne's descendants, the varied development of different states, of languages, and conflicting national interests, caused the authority of the Holy Roman or German empire to be limited on the west mainly by the River Rhine. Even in Germany the minor states became practically independent, waged war with one another, and much of the time were only nominally under the emperor's control. The emperor was recognized as the titular head of European Christendom, and in France, England, and the Scandinavian states, he was honored, but not obeyed. Because his authority, such as it Was, was limited to Germany, with a shadowy claim to Italy, his realm has been commonly called "the German Empire." After the throne was lost by the degenerate descendants of Charlemagne, it became elective,-the emperor being chosen by seven princes, entitled electors. Among the fifty-four emperors, we can mcrely name a few of the greatest after the time of Crowned as Emperor, 800 A. D. 2. The Empire. 3. Great Emperors. 4. The Emperors and the Popes. Charlemagne. Henry I (the Fowler), 919-936, began the restoration of the empire, which had fallen into decay, but his son Otho I (the Great), though not crowned as...
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