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Heart of Europe

A History of the Holy Roman Empire
Sprecher: Napoleon Ryan
Spieldauer: 34 Std. und 3 Min.
Kategorien: Geschichte, Europa
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The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

Heart of Europe traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century, its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the empire remained abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars.

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"Hugely impressive...Wilson is an assured guide through the millennium-long labyrinth of papal - imperial relations." ( Literary Review)

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interesting book, weird German pronunciation

the book is great and the narrator has a good voice and delivery, but his pronunciation of German words is somewhere between disturbing and hilarious.

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very informative

This audio book was worth listening (some chapters even two times), because it delivered lots of further useful information (even for a such far advanced hobby historian like me ;-)) and very useful and new points of view. As far as I can see, I would consider its content as created independently and objectively and not tendentiously. Vielen Dank, merci beaucoup! Charlemagne, Iéna, décembre 2019.

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Difficult to follow

The author lays a huge amount of well researched (as far as I can tell) and interessing information before the listener. But with chapter captions only running from 1 to 44 without any hints about the content I found it nearly impossible to follow the audio. The material is ordered according to topics so the narration jumps forth and back in time, making it very difficult to find something like Aridne´s thread. And Mr. Ryan reads like a school teacher taking a dictation exercise: Very clearly pronounced and ever so boring. My recommendation: Buy a paper edition, because the book is worth reading.