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William was born at Dillenburg castle, eldest son of the incumbent COunt of Nassau-Dillenburg. He inherited the Principality of Orange upon the death of his childless uncle, on condition of receiving a Catholic education. As fulfillment of the condition William was sent at age eleven to be educated accordingly, first at Breda in the modern Netherlands and ...


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Tom Au - William of Orange was NOT Dutch on his mother's side. The title of Prince of Orange is only associated with the Netherlands because William and his descendants became the stadtholders and later kings of the Netherlands. The Principality of Orange was in the Kingdom of Burgundy or Arles, in the Holy Roman Empire, in what is now France. So ...


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In another thread: How were the territories added to (and thus the limits set in) the Holy Roman Empire I have a post discussing not where were the borders of the Holy Roman Empire, but IF there were borders of the Holy Roman Empire. Historians of Southeast Asia have the concept of a "mandala" realm, where the authority of the sovereign gets less and less ...


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It is convenient to think of important historical realms as consisting of several roughly concentric roughly circular areas or zones with the ruler have the greatest amount of power and authority in the innermost circle or zone and gradually diminishing amounts of power and authority in successively outer circles or zones. Such an image may be considered ...


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The Holy Roman Empire was an institution with the emperor – and later the Diet (some Parliament) and other parts of the government – but it existed independently from ordinary kingdoms and overlapped with them. So there was no need for the kingdoms to be "fully inside" and "fully outside" the Holy Roman Empire. One may imagine that the Holy Roman Empire is ...


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Why did Ferdinand become emperor after Charles V? Charles V was elected emperor on 28 June 1519 and crowned King of the Romans on 26 October 1520. He was crowned King of Italy on 22 February 1530 and crowned Emperor of the Romans on 24 February 1530. For various reasons the seven electors met and agreed to make Ferdinand the next emperor. He was elected ...


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The Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) officially ceased to exist one fine day in August of 1806 when Francis II went to the Imperial Diet and resigned. He of course continued to be the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, but that is another story. What only a small number of people thought about was the fact that for the first time since 31 BC,there was not ...



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