answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

There were several reasons why the Holy Roman Emperor's title was rather weak.

One was that the emperor was elected. The emperors were not able to build dynasties that had the power other royal houses had.

Another was that the Holy Roman Empire was made up of a large number of relatively independent states, literally hundreds of them. Some of these were very small, and they included bishoprics, free cities, and communes. Others, such as the Kingdom of Bohemia and large and powerful in their own right. The leaders of these various states were very jealous of the power of their own territories and did not want the empire to gain power at their expense.

The Holy Roman Empire was also mostly German, but not entirely so. The German areas were divided not those speaking High German dialects and those speaking Saxon or Low German dialects. But there were also important areas where people spoke French, Italian, or any of a number of Slavic languages, to name a few. Uniting these people into a cohesive nation was next to impossible.

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Why was the holy roman emperor a weak title?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
magnify glass
imp
Continue Learning about World History

Why did Europeans need colonies?

This is a complex question, but in a Europe with many small and big states fighting for power and essentially fighting to become the emperor (roman title), any means were used to gain an edge. So when European kings found out that there was a new world, with a small and militarily weak population it was free for grabbing and those kings who did not seek power usually ended up killed or worse by their enemies


What were the 3 primary causes for the Roman Revolution?

High taxes and weak irresponsible government and power.


What kind of government did France have after the French Revolution?

From 1795 until 1799 (so still during the revolution) there was a directory system. This system soon grew unpopular with the French citizens and Napoleon Bonaparte took advantage of the weak position the directory was in, and committed a coup (in 17899, and with this he ended the French Revolution). He eventually crowned himself emperor and made France into an Empire.


What is Czar Nicholas II known for?

mainly as being Russia's last emperor, but also for being weak, and influencing two revolutions. he didn't really care about the poor people, who were starving because of wages that were decreasing in value. he was probably one of the least popular romanovs.


How did feudalism originate in Europe?

Origins of feudalismFeudalism began as a contract under which military service was given in exchange for the use and occupation of land. However, it turned into a vast system of hereditary privilege and largely lost its contractual character (except as a legal fiction). Another AnswerThe term "feudalism" is not clearly defined, and there are historians who want to make it obsolete for that reason. The answer to this question depends on what definition is used. The origins of the manorial system can be traced back to the Roman Empire, and the origins of the feudal hierarchy are natural in a state dependent on military structures or similar command structures for distribution of power. Using a definition that combines manorialism and a hierarchical command structure would make feudalism merely the product of systems already in use in the Roman Empire. All that is needed to complete it is rewarding members of the hierarchy with manors appropriate to their station.If we use the narrow view, that feudalism is a system characterized by a weak central government and a need to respond more quickly to emergencies than such a government can act, then the system of feudalism originated in the time of the decline of the Carolingian Empire, with a hundred years of the death of Charlemagne, when the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire were rising to take its place. During this time, the central governments of both of these later states were weak and in a turmoil, and the various areas within them were under constant threat of attacks from such groups as the Vikings.

Related questions

How did the Roman empire remain at peace with weak emperors?

The Senate was in partnership with the Emperor and made necessary decisions for the empire to run smoothly and defend its borders.


Is it true that emperor Justinian was a weak leader who was controlled by the army?

no


What caused warring states period?

Nobles stopped supporting the emperor. A Weak Emperor Took Power Of The Zhou Dynasty.


True or false emperor Justinian was a weak leader who was controlled by the army?

The answer in no


How does starkiller die?

the emperor kills him because he his too weak to kill him


Why were eastern emperor more powerful than those in the west (the byzantines)?

Yes and No. Comparing Byzantine emperors with Charlemagne in the time of 800 to 814 is comparing them with the one person who was probably the most powerful monarch of the Middle Ages. Later Byzantine emperors would have to be compared with western emperors of the Holy Roman Empire of their own times. Most of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were rather weak. This was partly because they were elected, and so there was no father to prepare the throne for them, but it was mostly because they had powerful feudal vassals, including kings, who limited their authority. Of course the Byzantine Empire gradually declined through the entire Middle Ages, leaving a rather decrepit country in the end, and an emperor of this country had no more power than his country did, and the Holy Roman Emperor had much more power than the Byzantine Emperor.


A strong emperor and weak senate can work when?

give more power to citizens


Why did the qin Dynasty in China end?

the emperor Qin Shi Huang {pronounced:Chin Shee Huang} was very weak and fell to the emperor Chu.


Why did Italy and Germany fail to develop government in the middle ages?

Answer:Italy and Germany were not "countries" as such in the middle ages.Germany was made up of large states like Bavaria or PrussiaItaly was mainly divided into city states, like Milan or Florence which controlled the area around the citiesAnswer:Italy and Germany both had governments in the Middle Ages. Neither had strong central governments, but for different reasons.In Germany, there was a weak central government ruling a country usually called the Holy Roman Empire, but also called Germany. The emperor of the Holy Roman Empire was elected by a collage of seven electors and subsequently crowned by the pope. During the time between the election and the coronation, he was called King of Germany, and after the coronation, he was referred to as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The country was made up of hundreds of smaller territories, ranging in size from kingdoms down to counties and individual cities, each with its own local government, and most of the laws were local. There is a link below to an article on the Holy Roman Empire. There is also a link to a related question on why the Holy Roman Empire did not have a strong central government.Italy had a number of independent countries, which varied with the passing of time. Italy was very much under the influence of the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Lombardy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Normans, and even, for a relatively short while, Muslims, all of whom occupied parts of it at times. There were also independent republics in Italy, such as Venice and Genoa, which were often rivals of one another.


What conditions led to the development of feudalism in both Western Europe and japan?

Roman Empire fell, and divided among weak kingdoms.


Is emperor moth harmful or helpful?

The Emperor gum moth can not feed so it will not be harmful if it's mouth parts are to weak to even consume food!


Why did European colonies?

This is a complex question, but in a Europe with many small and big states fighting for power and essentially fighting to become the emperor (roman title), any means were used to gain an edge. So when European kings found out that there was a new world, with a small and militarily weak population it was free for grabbing and those kings who did not seek power usually ended up killed or worse by their enemies