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You have confused the very real changes that occurred to the borders over the 170 years from roughly 1520 to 1700 with the concept that the borders were vague throughout that time. That span of years encompasses both the Thirty Years War in Germany, the Eighty years War of Dutch Independence, the War of the League of Augsburg, and several smaller conflicts. ...


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The Holy Roman Empire, as an "empire", did not have a territory of its own. It must be understood in the context of feudalism: a number of princes/kings/bishops/whatever were tied, through sworn allegiance, to the elected Emperor. In a way, we can say that the Empire extended exactly as far as these constituent elements extended. On the other hand, the ...


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The duchies and principalities in the Holy Roman Empire were those whose leaders swore fealty to both the emperor and the pope. These leaders were called "prince electors". All the states ruled by prince electors were considered part of the Holy Roman Empire because they had sworn oaths accordingly. The "boundaries" are simply the collection of states ruled ...



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