How was trade in the empire, especially in the rhine region? Ypu see small states like Frankfurt and the archbishopric Cologne prosper and apparently there were city leagues but I don't know much about it
>>5577 Interesting, but I'm mostly interested in the mechanisms of internal trade in the empire, what state produced what, what was imported etc. Do you know anything about it or some material I can read up on?
>>6144 He didn't crown himself, that was still the pope's duty. And why he had to do so much ass-kissing is very simple: the Empire was an elective monarchy, and each of the Kurfürsten (princes with voting rights) tried to extort as much money and concessions out of the Emperor as possible.
>>6258 No I talking about this dude. IIRC he spent years campaigning with the Haspurgers because he wanted to be a king but they didn't until Leopold I finally relented because the Spanish war of succession was coming up and he wanted some regiments. What I'm asking is if the states were so independent and the electors theoretically important, why weren't they allowed to decide on their own to become a kingdom?
>>6493 You could just sit back and enjoy the emperor's protection instead of let's say, having the Duke of Luxemburg declare independence only to realize that France is right there on the border. Not to mention they probably swore oaths of fealty in return and surely there was some form of mutual understanding between all the nobles in Europe - if every fuck with a sizeable army ran around and declared himself king (like what happened after the fall of the WRE) everything would be chaos.
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