The German Emperor. He receives the title from Dalmatia,
Croatia, and the line of the Danube, which, by the arrangement of
Diocletian, was governed by a prince entitled Caesar of the Holy Roman
Empire, as successor of the emperor of the old Roman empire. It was
Albert II., Duke of Austria, who added the Holy Roman Empire to the
imperial throne in 1438; and William I., king of Prussia, on being
crowned German emperor in 1871, took the title.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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