Overwhelmed by some fun pictures and pertinent comment at NCR Online, Far From Rome, Enlightened Catholicism, Bilgrimage and probably more to come, I have nothing original to say, so simply add more pics and some words from Wikipedia (Oh, there’s also a question!):
1. ) Holy Roman Empire, 962 – 1806
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Imperium Romanum Sacrum (IRS)) was a union of territories in Central Europe during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period under a Holy Roman Emperor. The first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire was Otto I, crowned in 962. The last was Francis II, who abdicated and dissolved the Empire in 1806……..It was also officially known as the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (Wikipedia)
2) Look familiar?
Duffy, E: Saints and Sinners (A history of the Papacy)
- Gay Popes: John XII (r. 955-964) (queerhistory.blogspot.com)