Reformation – A Political Process 1 of 2

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Not quite an empire, more of a loose federation. Emperorship = diff then what we"re used to. Holy roman emperor = elected, when die new election. > not case of father passing onto son, so not creating dynasties fragments carry on. Critical pers = late 15th, 16th into 17th cents: origins & constitution, hapsburg dominance, decline of hre? loose federation, elected emperor. 1356 golden bull - estab who will be electors for the emperor. > 3 = religious figures (archbishops maine, cologna, trier) > 4 = state rulers (palatinate, bohemia, brandenburg, saxony) Not all have to be german (emperor) 3 houses = electors, major princes, cities. 3 houses meet at the same time. 1532 = imperial law code (their responsibility) the diet travels around to diff cities when they meet some forces hold together, many pull apart loose - particularism . > 2 = stronger keeping it fragmented (ppl loyal to partic states, not empire as a whole)

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