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The Holy Roman Empire

A Captivating Guide to the Union of Smaller Kingdoms That Started During the Early Middle Ages and Dissolved During the Napoleonic Wars
Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, European
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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Holy Roman Empire, then pay attention.... 

Beginning with Charlemagne, the great and educated king who would serve as an inspiration for world leaders from Frederick II to Adolf Hitler, the Holy Roman Empire’s intricate ties with the Roman Catholic Church would provide for plenty of excitement and drama in its early years. However, as the empire staggered through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, it would eventually be forced to declare its allegiance with a new way of thinking: Protestantism. 

Throughout the story of the Holy Roman Empire, a wealth of fascinating tales from interesting people proliferates. Monks and emperors will clash, poets sing the praises of kings, and the pope rides blind and bareback on a frightened donkey through the streets of Rome. The mightiest monarch in all of the world walks barefoot in the snow in repentance for his angry deeds, and two rival families stand toe-to-toe for the monarchy. Crusades are lost in war and won in diplomacy, while kings are held ransom, revolts are suppressed, and antipopes crowned. And this incredible tale spanning a full millennium is ready and waiting for you to be listened to. 

In The Holy Roman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Union of Smaller Kingdoms That Started During the Early Middle Ages and Dissolved During the Napoleonic Wars, you will discover topics such as:

  • The First Roman Empire
  • The Carolingians
  • A formal emperor
  • The Caligula of Christianity
  • Antipope
  • The walk to Canossa
  • The Hohenstaufen Dynasty begins
  • The Red-Bearded Warrior King
  • Captor of the Lionheart
  • Stupor Mundi
  • The dissolution
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about the history of the Holy Roman Empire, buy this book now!

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Good History and Entertainment

I found it fairly balanced. It put forth some of the powers and weaknesses of the Roman Empire -- especially the problem of political succession, which, in my view, was a major factor in the fall of Rome.

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It really is OK

Extreme wealth held by a few powerful families who own the Senate and are indifferent to the needs of the unwashed (literally) masses. Fear of foreigners. Non-ending warfare abroad. And the inevitable march to empire and emperors. Enlightening and scary. We're doing it all over again.

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Empires: The Roman Empire

This audiobook has a lot of all that back and put everything into a great perspective. I loved this book and think anyone who would want to know more about the early days of Rome should listen. I liked the fact they brought out the family lineage and relationships.

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The Holy Roman Empire: Great

Easy reference for a small paper, not the most in depth of books but a very well done over view.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.

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Best book on the subject.

Yet this book was written over one hundred years ago it is still the best book on the topic. Packed with so much information. Highly suggested for anyone involved in the topic.

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Wonderful book

This book covered the beginning with a brief history of Charlemagne. It's important that they did this, because Roman Catholicism is pretty much synonymous with him. It's a fairly accurate book.

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Love it

a person can’t help but to be a more well informed person .the mesurmentof book

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amazing book

Very well written & researched with an excellent reference section for further study. The assembly line at Captivating History just keeps producing one excellent read after another.

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So much happened during this time period . The reader gets so much information & knowledge which is the purpose of any book.

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Informative book

While this book is on the Holy Roman Empire , it really is so much more. In reading about this one gets a history of Europe.

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  • HelenDougherty
  • 10-25-19

Thought Provoking Book!

I bought the book after listening to the author’s podcasts (The Holy Roman Empire). If you like history podcasts I can’t recommend those two enough!

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  • GusShelton
  • 10-25-19

Timely answer to my question

Well written, fluent and persuasive, well organized, nut underlying political prejudices of the author keep creeping through, sometimes to a very noticeable extent - at least. In the bits I known something of.over all good book!!!

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  • JameCardenas
  • 10-25-19

I enjoyed the book

This is a great detailed look at one of the most important periods of the History of Rome podcast. The insights and details of the book make you reflect on the present state of our democracy and the woeful leadership provided by doddering old men of both parties.

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  • TraceyMartin
  • 10-25-19

Masterful work of historical research

The material is thoroughly researched and very informative; while also being highly accessible and enjoyable to book. the author does an incredible job of transitioning his undeniable skill at podcasting into the written word, and I am already eagerly awaiting his next work.

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  • SeymourRivas
  • 10-25-19

The results are both striking and appalling.

All in all I think the greatest thing I can praise this book for is reigniting my curiosity and encouraging me to dive further into Roman and classical history, a subject that many authors are unable to bring to life and one which the author has a clear passion for.

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  • FaustoFoster
  • 10-23-19

This is a good history book

The author did a great job, you come away from this book with a condensed understanding of The Holy Roman Empire and major players and how everything evolved.

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  • JimmieHood
  • 10-23-19

Very interesting book- small but informative.

Very good primer and summary of the Holy Roman Empire. Quick and easy read. Recommend for a young and adult reader.

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  • RexMarsh
  • 10-23-19

Excellent guide to the Empire.

This is an excellent short paperback about the Holy Roman Empire, which lasted until the early 19th century.

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  • TiaSawyer
  • 10-23-19

Great story, told with enthusiasm.

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.

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  • VirgilStrong
  • 10-23-19

A detailed description

A chronological history of the concepts within the ideology of the Holy Roman Empire. It's duality of a universal church and a universal ruling system that nurtures and give birth to its eventual evolution to today.