Friday, September 16, 2011

Holy Roman Empire, Batman!

Probably because I play a lot of Warhammer, I find myself in an inordinately high number of discussions about the Holy Roman Empire (which, as history teachers are fond of saying, was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire...it was in fact what Germany was called for much of post-ancient recorded history).

In Warhammer, "The Empire" is a clear pastiche of the Holy Roman Empire, and has, I think, 11 provinces. I recently came across this image that is a copy of a chart that lists the various principalities, baronies, free cities, and so on that made up the actual Holy Roman Empire, and, well...there are a lot more than 11. One or two people I know will think this was worth seeing, so here it is.

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