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Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation)
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1. Terminology and composition

Until the end of the Old Empire in 1806, its official German name was Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation (“Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation”; Latin Sacrum Imperium Romano-Germanicum). The addition of the adjective Holy probably goes back to 12th-century Staufian ideas, but it was not challenged in the early modern period; similar epithets like Regnum Apostolicum (“Aposto…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020801>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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