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Book categories: Holy Roman Empire, Carolingians, Ottonians, Salians, Hohenstaufens, Alfonso X, Luxembourg, Charles IV, Medieval, Habsburgs, Maximilian I, Charles V, Maximilian II, Thirty Years' War, Ferdinand III, Germany, France, Crusades, Europe, DVDs
Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire by Peter H. Wilson. Traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. It represented the ideal of unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with popes.
The Bee and the Eagle: Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire edited by Alan Forrest and Peter H. Wilson. Specialists present original findings on political cultures, war and military institutions, monarchy, nationalism and identity, and everyday experience.
An Annotated Bibliography of the Holy Roman Empire by Jonathan W. Zophy. An overview of more than 3,000 works.
The Carolingian Emperors
The Complete Works of Luidprand of Cremona by Luidprand of Cremona. Includes Historia Ottonis, about Saxon emperor Otto the Great, and Liudprand's description of his own misadventures as Ottonian legate at the Byzantine court in 968.
Ottonian Germany: The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg by Thietmar, translated by David A. Warner. One of the most important sources for the history of the 10th and early 11th centuries. Thietmar, who lived in eastern Saxony, had opinions on everything, from politics to shocking women's fashions.
Queenship and Sanctity: The Lives of Mathilda and the Epitaph of Adelheid by Sean Gilsdorf. About Catholic saints Mathilda (wife of Germany's King Henry I) and Adelheid (Adelaide), wife of German king and Holy Roman Emperor Otto I.
The Empress Theophano: Byzantium and the West at the Turn of the First Millennium edited by Adelbert Davids. The Byzantine princess Theophano married Holy Roman Emperor Otto II in the 10th century. This book includes essays on Theophano's education, surroundings, and the image of noble women in the Middle Ages.
Otto III by Gerd Althoff, translated by Phyllis G. Jestice. Otto III (980-1002) was one of the most powerful rulers in Europe in the late tenth century. His reign had a lasting impact on Germany and Italy for generations. This biography uses Otto's life to explain how early medieval kingship worked.
Ottonian Imperial Art and Portraiture by Eliza Garrison. Analyzes liturgical artworks created for Holy Roman emperors Otto III and Henry II. These objects performed political functions even after the ruler's death.
Conrad II, 990-1039: Emperor of Three Kingdoms by Herwig Wolfram, translated by Denise A. Kaiser. Biography of emperor Conrad II -- ruler of Germany, Italy, and Burgundy -- who founded the Salian dynasty.
The Salian Century: Main Currents in an Age of Transition by Stefan Weinfurter, translated by Barbara M. Bowlus. A fresh look at the lives and ambitions of the Salian emperors. Includes maps and other illustrations.
Imperial Lives and Letters of the Eleventh Century by Theodor Ernst Mommsen and Karl F. Morrison. Letters of Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor and king of Germany.
Henry IV of Germany 1056-1106 by I. S. Robinson. The first book in English devoted to the German king and emperor Henry IV (1056-1106), whose reign was one of the most momentous in German history.
Germany in the High Middle Ages: c.1050-1200 by Horst Fuhrmann, translated by Timothy Reuter. Describes the gradual erosion of the power of the German emperors.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024 edited by Timothy Reuter. Includes a section on the former Carolingian lands during this period.
Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth by John B. Freed. Born of two of Germany's most powerful families, Frederick I became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1155. This biography paints a picture of a consummate diplomat and effective warrior.
The Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa by Otto I, Bishop of Freising. The author, uncle of Frederick I Barbarossa, wrote this official biography, which covers the first eight years of the emperor's reign.
The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa: The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts translated by G. A. Loud. The first English translation of the main contemporary accounts of the Third Crusade and death of the German Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90).
Frederick II: The Wonder of the World by Richard Bressler. Biography of Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II (1194-1250). Condemned by the Pope as the Antichrist, he led the Sixth Crusade while under excommunication. He protected Jews and Muslims in his realms, married three times, and wrote a classic work on falconry which is still in print.
The Emperor and the Saint: Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis of Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Places by Richard F. Cassady. A vivid place-by-place telling of the life and times of the most enlightened, dynamic ruler of medieval Europe, Holy Roman emperor Frederick II. Illustrated with photographs.
Frederick II: A Medieval Emperor by David Abulafia. This biography dispels Frederick's reputation as a monarch tolerant to the Jews and Muslims, defiant of papal rule, and eager to create a secular world order.
The Falcon of Palermo by Maria R. Bordihn. Fictional account of the life of 13th century Holy Roman emperor Frederick II.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 1, c. 500-c.700 edited by Paul Fouracre. Covers Europe in the transitional period between the later Roman world and the early Middle Ages (before the Holy Roman Empire).
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 2, c.700-c.900 edited by Rosamond McKitterick. Covers most of the period of Frankish and Carolingian dominance in western Europe. The authors examine the interaction between rulers and ruled, how power actually worked, and the society and culture of Europe as a whole.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024 edited by Timothy Reuter. Includes a section on the former Carolingian lands during the era of the Ottonian emperors.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 4, c.1024-c.1198, Part 1 edited by David Luscombe and Jonathan Riley-Smith. Covers the radical reform of the Western Church; the appearance of new kingdoms and states; the Crusades, knighthood and law; and more.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 4, c.1024-c.1198, Part 2 edited by David Luscombe and Jonathan Riley-Smith. About the western empire (mainly Germany), the papacy, Europe, the Byzantine empire, and the settlements in Palestine and Syria established by Crusaders.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 5, c.1198-c.1300 edited by David Abulafia. Includes a chapter about the Welfs, Hohenstaufen and Habsburgs.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 6, c.1300-c.1415 edited by Michael Jones. Provides a wide-ranging account of a period of major social, political and cultural change. Illustrated by maps, figures and plates.
The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 7, c.1415-c.1500 edited by Christopher Allmand. Presents a broad view of late medieval society across Europe.
Emperor Sigismund and the Orthodox World edited by Ekaterini Mitsiou, Mihailo Popovic, Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, and Alexandru Simon. Collection of studies of Sigismund of Luxembourg (1368-1437), king of Hungary, Roman German king and finally emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Ruling the Waves by Harald Kleinschmidt. Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the search for islands, and the transformation of the European world picture, c. 1500. (Note that this book is very expensive.)
Marketing Maximilian: The Visual Ideology of a Holy Roman Emperor by Larry Silver. How the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) shaped his image to strengthen the power of the Hapsburg dynasty and establish the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Emperor Maximilian I and the Age of Dürer edited by Klaus Albrecht Schroder. Articles and photos of works created in the Holy Roman emperor's honor by some of the greatest artists of his time, most notably Albrecht Dürer.
Leonardo's Lost Princess: One Man's Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci by Peter Silverman with Catherine Whitney. How the author proved that a "German, early 19th century" portrait he owned was, in fact, a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of Bianca Sforza, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
Emperor Charles V by Wim Blockmans. Examines how the 16th century Holy Roman emperor achieved his power.
The Reign of Charles V by William S. Maltby. Charles V ruled the first truly global empire. This study looks at the emperor as a person, and examines his policies and their consequences.
Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 by James Reston Jr. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Turkish sultan Suleyman the Magnificent were remarkably similar. Each was a poet; each was the most powerful man on his continent; each was called Defender of the Faith. The epic clash between the two young rulers shook the world and ended the Renaissance.
Emperor Charles V, Impresario of War by James Tracy. Campaign strategy, international finance, and domestic politics.
The World of Emperor Charles V edited by W. P. Blockmans and Nicolette Mout.
Charles V: The World Emperor by Harald Kleinschmidt. Biography of the 16th century Holy Roman emperor, one of the most interesting and perplexing of the great European monarchs.
The Emperor and His Chancellor: A Study of the Imperial Chancellery Under Gattinara by John M. Headley. Examines the transformation of the administration of European monarchies and the tense relations between the young Emperor Charles V (King Charles I of Spain) and chancellor Mercurino de Gattrina.
Emperor Maximilian II by Paula S. Fichtner. Biography of the Holy Roman emperor (who was also king of Bohemia and Hungary).
Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578-1637 by Robert Bireley. Biography of the Holy Roman Emperor who was important in the Counter-Reformation in central Europe, the Thirty Years War, and the consolidation of the Habsburg monarchy.
The Thirty Years' War by C. V. Wedgwood. Classic, comprehensive account of the war. Includes maps and charts.
The Thirty Years' War edited by Geoffrey Parker and Simon Adams. Covering the horrors of the war, the politics of the period and all the major figures, this book includes maps, a six-nation chronology, and genealogies.
The Iron Princess: Amalia Elisabeth and the Thirty Years War by Tryntje Helfferich. Thrust into power in the midst of bloody conflict, Amalia Elisabeth -- wife of the landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, William V -- fought to save her country, her Calvinist church, and her children's inheritance.
The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648 by Richard Bonney. A brief look at this most devastating of wars and its impact.
The Thirty Years War: The Holy Roman Empire and Europe, 1618-48 by Ronald G. Asch. Explains that the Thirty Years' War was caused by a religious and constitutional struggle in the Holy Roman Empire.
Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III by Andrew H. Weaver. How the emperor manipulated the arts to communicate with his subjects and secure their allegiance to the Catholic Church.
Charlemagne & His Empire
Heraldica: The Holy Roman Empire
List of Holy Roman Emperors
The Decline of the Holy Roman Empire and the Rise of Prussia
The Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburgs