Today in History, August 6th, 1806, The Holy Roman Empire comes to an end.
After being defeated by Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Austerlitz, Holy Roman Emperor (and Austrian Emperor) Francis II was forced to abdicate his title. After the fall of the empire, Napoleon would reorganize Germany into a puppet state called the Confederation of the Rhine.
Finally upload these guys, huzzah! A little shout out to those folks who like gents in historical clothing as much as I do. Took advantage of the Doctor’s timey wimey time travels and placed him in different eras (mainly to see if i can pull it off. I think I did, did I?)
Anyway, here’s 9,10,11, and 12 in the clothing of Philip II of Spain (1598-1621), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1792-1806), Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort (tenure 1840-1861), and Nicholas II of Russia (1894-1917) respectively. This is done purely to see if I can do it and for a bit of fun and in no way is meant to compare the characters to historical figures.
So yeah. If anyone’s interested in purchasing prints of these guys, leave me a message. Sadly, I will only be able to entertain those who are in the Philippines but I’ll keep you guys posted when I get around to making a Society6 account. Cheers for now!
This crown was probably made in Western Germany sometime between the 10th and 11th centuries. It may have been made by Emperor Otto I with later additions by Conrad II or solely by Conrad II or Conrad III. It was used to crown the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and was part of the regalia of the role which also included the Holy Lance and the Imperial Sword.
The Imperial Crown has an unusual appearance. It is octagonal in shape and is made of eight separate plates that used to hinge on golden pins. The panels now hinge on strips of iron that have golden rivets, although it is not known when this addition was made it means that the plates can no longer be separated. The crown is made of 22 carat gold and is covered in 144 pearls and a similar number of precious stones such as emeralds, amethysts and sapphires. The crown also contains four plaques that show images from the Bible, with one showing Jesus in between two cherubs.
The crown is also topped by an arch which goes from the front to the back of the crown. This arch bears the name of the Emperor Conrad II, which is spelled out in seed pearls. The front of the crown is topped with a cross, which was not originally part of the crown and is said to have been owned by Henry II before being attached to the crown.
The Imperial Crown is now exhibited at the Hofburg in Vienna. Several replicas of the crown have been made and are exhibited in Aachen and Frankfurt in Germany and in a Czech castle.
Western Germany 2nd half of the 10th century. The cross is an addition from the early 11th century; the arch dates from the reign of Emperor Conrad II (ruled 1024-1039); the red velvet cap is from the 18th century. Gold, cloisonné enamel, precious stones, pearls Brow plate: H 14.9 cm, W 11.2 cm; cross: H 9.9 cm
Emperor Frederick II a.k.a Stupor Mundi is one of my favourites among Medieval rulers. I regard him a last truly great ruler of the Sicilian kingdom. And naturally Hauteville blood is a bonus ;). (Frederick’s mother was a daughter of king Roger II).
Frederick spoke several languages, and was a great patron of arts and sciences. He also wrote a book on falconry called “Arte Venandi Cum Avibus”. Here are a few illuminations from copies that were made in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Der Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is a Roman Catholic church in Köln (Cologne), Central-Western Germany. It’s a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and a World Heritage Site. It is also Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. Construction commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the 2nd-tallest spires (after Ulm Minster, also in Germany). Its 2 huge spires give it the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church. Cologne’s medieval builders had planned a grand structure to house the reliquary of the Three Kings and fit its role as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. The cathedral suffered 14 hits by aerial bombs during WW2. It did not collapse, but stood tall in an otherwise flattened city.
@Neoprusiano Joyas de la Corona Imperial Austríaca (la Corona de Rodolfo II) Österreichische Kaiserkrone (die Rudolfskrone, die Privatkrone Kaiser Rudolfs II.) Jewels of the Imperial Crown of Austria (the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II)