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The Empire Under the Early Habsburgs __ "The Great Interregnum ended in 1273 with the election of Rudolf of Habsburg as king-emperor. After the interregnum period, Germany's emperors came from three powerful dynastic houses: Luxemburg (in Bohemia), Wittelsbach (in Bavaria), and Habsburg (in Austria). These families alternated on the imperial throne until the crown returned in the mid-fifteenth century to the Habsburgs, who retained it with only one short break until the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806." You can read the story in detail. - From -


Facts about Germany: The Middle Ages __ "For most of its history, Germany was not a unified state but a loose association of territorial states that together made up the “Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation”. It was a long time until the founding of the German Reich in 1871."  A brief history. - From -

Germany in the Late Middle Ages __ A great collection of notes and vignettes. While the page is related to class assignments, there is enough information to make a visit worthwhile. - From Dr. E.L. Skip Knox -


Germany in the Middle Ages __ "The story of Germany is more difficult to begin than almost any other country, since there is no clearly defined subject. If Italy, as Metternich said, was merely a geographical expression, Germany has not been even that. In terms of geographical features, Germany has never had either natural frontiers or a natural nucleus."  Annotated outline of German history. - From -


Germany - Medieval Germany - The Hohenstaufen Dynasty __ An essay about the dynasty. - From -


Historic Highlights of Germany: Middle Ages __ Annotated, click-to-enlarge gallery of photos of historic structures from the German Middle Ages. - illustrated - From -   



Medieval Atlas - Maps of the Holy Roman Empire - Medieval Germany in Maps __ "What is today Germany was the heart of the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries the boundaries of the Empire, as well as its cohesion, underwent massive changes. Some of these changes are reflected in the maps offered here." - illustrated - From - 
Medieval Germany __ You will find a full multi-part website about Medieval German history. "Medieval German is a bit of a misnomer. The Country of Germany as we know it today is a modern invention coming out of the 19 Century state of Prussia. In the  medieval period the area of  modern Germany was a myriad of feuding Cities, Principalities, Kingdoms, Republics and Episcopal dioceses." - From Matthew Haywood -


Medieval Germany - EuroDocs __ You will find a complete facsimile of the Codex Palatinus Germanicus 848 in the Heidelberg university library plus many other documents pertaining to German history. - From -


Medieval Germany -- The Merovingian Dynasty __ "In Gaul a fusion of Roman and Germanic societies occurred. Clovis, a Salian Frank belonging to a family supposedly descended from a mythical hero named Merovech, became the absolute ruler of a Germanic kingdom of mixed Roman-Germanic population in 486." A brief overview with links to a lot of additional information. - From -



Medieval stained glass windows from Esslingen (Germany) __ Excellent articles and images of Medieval German stained glass. - illustrated - From Dr.Hartmut Schäfer -


Roads to Ruins, the Castles of Germany __ A good look at German castles and history in text and pictures. - illustrated - From -


Social Life of Cities: Medieval German Towns __ Click-to-enlarge gallery of historic German cities. - illustrated - From -  

Warfare in Medieval Germany __ A collection of click-to-read papers, articles and sources about German warfare during the Middle Ages. - From - 


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