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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Schocken Books (January 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0805200037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805200034
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,618,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa C. Philip on July 8, 2013
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Even though this book was written over one hundred years ago it is still the best book on the topic. Packed with so much information. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Reed on October 3, 2013
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Bryce was obviously an extremely well read author. He makes numerous references to original Latin sources to substantiate his views. Due to Bryce's lucid writing style, the reader gains a clear and concise overview of the subject without having to wade through those referred to texts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2014
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Written more than 100 years ago, the style is different than modern style but the content was very enjoyable.

I have read a great deal of the Holy Roman Empire from the beginning of the Hapsburg dynasty, and I know a little of it from the childless marriage of the emperor to King Henry's daughter (and another King's brother's election as King of the Romans who never obtained his crown). The sister, Matilda, returned to England following her husband's death, and was involved in the succession fiasco with Stephen. And that is all I knew about that earlier period.

I did not know much about how the Holy Roman Empire got its name since the emperors were Franks and then "Germans." This author explains it, and he does it with wonderful "what if" detail.

If Columbus had not sailed west to find another route to the Indies, someone else would have done it, eventually, says he. But if one Pope and on Frankish king had not been where they were on Christmas Day, 800 A.D., the entire history of the western world would have been different.

You have to read it to follow the waxing and waning of power from the Pope to the Emperor, and back and forth. And back and forth. Great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert witherwax on February 21, 2014
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There are surprisingly few historical overviews of the HRE in English. This is definitely a good starting point: it was written in the late 19th century by a British jurist, so it shares many of the biases of its time and era, and has a legal bent (much ado about coronation oaths, the nature of the feudal bonds, etc.) But it covers the topic well - the life cycle of the HRE. For greater depth in one volume, as well as a German 20th century scholarly perspective, I recommend Friedrich Heer's book of the same title. For even greater depth, there are a number of works that focus on time segments, by such authors as Timothy Reuter, Heinrich Fichtenau, and Horst Fuhrmann, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave McCruddon on July 9, 2006
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Although this book may not be the greatest ever written, it is one of the best n regards to the Holy Roman Empire. It accurately goes through the rise and fall of the empire and also goes through the modern day descendants and title-holders. It has an entire chapter on the Schwarzenbergs who are made to be some of the most interesting people you could ever read about. A rarely, if ever heard of family. Also the input of Napoleon is greatly expanded upon, especially with his fall the fall of the emmpire itself.

A definate MUST READ.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric on April 29, 2013
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Assumes that the reader already has a good knowledge of the Holy Roman Empire. It gives a lot of commentary about the details of how things were, without giving the basics of what happened.
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