Holy Roman Empire
Introduction Holy Roman Empire,
designation for the political entity that originated at the coronation as emperor (962) of the German king Otto I
and endured until the renunciation (1806) of the imperial title by Francis II
. The term itself did not come into usage until several centuries after Otto's accession.
For a list of all emperors from Otto I to Francis II and the dates they reigned, see the table entitled Holy Roman Emperors.
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