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This is a pretty simple question.

The lands owned and ruled by the Teutonic Knights within Germany were certainly part of the Holy Roman Empire.

Were the lands of the Teutonic Knights in the Baltic region, such as Prussia, Estonia, and Latvia, part of the Holy Roman Empire?

Some sources indicate that they were, and some that they weren't. Some atlases of medieval history show that the border of the Holy Roman Empire included the Baltic lands of the Teutonic Knights and some that it didn't.

So does anyone have a definite answer?

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    Please provide examples of "some sources indicate that they were..." Difficult to practice history when the sources are concealed. – Mark C. Wallace Sep 1 '16 at 11:40
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    A definite answer may be optimistic. You will certain find suggestions that at least Pomerelia and possibly Prussia were Teutonic Order territories and part of the HRE from 1308 (while its Baltic territories further north were under commission from the Emperor) and contrary suggestions that they were Polish fiefs – Henry Sep 1 '16 at 15:47
  • i'm not sure , but normans ruled Normandy which was part of France and England which was a separate country/kingdom .... so i guess unless the land was given to the them by the emperor the answer is no – max Sep 3 '16 at 11:46
  • There's a doctoral thesis (in Estonian) I discovered when trying to run this up, and the short answer is that the Emperor considered the German Order to be in a feudal relationship with him, that is also including the Livonian Chapter. Nevertheless, direct contact between the Livonian Chapter and the Emperor was rare up until the secularisation of the German Order in 1525 when the electorship of the Order was passed to the new Livonian Order. The full link to follow up is here dspace.ut.ee/bitstream/handle/10062/56361/…. – gktscrk Sep 26 '18 at 21:53