By Peter H. Wilson
THE SUNDAY instances AND ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE yr 2016
'Hugely impressive... Wilson is an guaranteed consultant during the millennium-long labyrinth of papal-imperial kinfolk' Literary Review
A nice, sprawling, historic and distinctive entity, the Holy Roman Empire, from its founding by means of Charlemagne to its destruction via Napoleon a millennium later, shaped the guts of Europe. It was once a very good engine for innovations and concepts, it used to be the foundation of many glossy eu states, from Germany to the Czech Republic, its relatives with Italy, France and Poland dictated the process numerous wars - certainly ecu heritage as an entire is senseless with no it.
In this strikingly formidable booklet, Peter H. Wilson explains how the Empire labored. it isn't a chronological historical past, yet an try and exhibit to readers why it used to be so very important and the way it replaced over its lifestyles. the result's a travel de strength - a ebook that increases numerous questions on the character of political and armed forces energy, approximately international relations and the character of ecu civilization and in regards to the legacy of the Empire, which has persevered to hang-out its offspring, from Imperial and Nazi Germany to the eu Union.