The Holy Roman Empire : A Thousand Years of Europe’s History
by Peter H. Wilson
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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SUNDAY TIMES AND SAVINGS BOOKS OF THE 2016 “A definitive study of the amorphous state that lasted a thousand years”.The Holy Roman Empire deserves to be hailed as a magnum opus of Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph’ Captivante’.amazinga book that is relevant to our own time “Time” MagistrateIf, like most people, you know a little more about the Holy Roman Empire other than Voltaire’s good word – “neither holy, nor Roman, nor empire” – then this book is for you “Daniel Johnson, Sunday Times” A story that helps us to understand the problems of today’s Europe.Christopher Kissane, Guardian, A great, vast, ancient and unique entity, the Holy Roman Empire, from its foundation by Charlemagne to its destruction by Napoleon, a millennium later, formed the heart of Europe.It has been a formidable engine for inventions and ideas, it has been at the origin of many modern European states, from Germany, to the Czech Republic, its relations with Italy, France and Poland have dictated the course of innumerable wars – indeed, European history as a whole does not make sense without it.In this striking and ambitious book, Peter HWilson explains how the Empire workedIt is not in chronological order of history, but an attempt to convey to readers why it was so important and how it has changed over the course of its existence.The result is a tour de force, a book that raises countless questions about the nature of political and military power, about the diplomacy and nature of European civilization and about the legacy of the Empire, which continued to haunt its offspring, the Imperial and Nazi Germany of the European Union.
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