ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor: not really holy and not really Roman, but arguably an emperor.

On this day in 1806, the Holy Roman Empire winked out of existence after a thousand years. It had long since become an institution of such staggering irrelevance that its Emperor also had to be King of Hungary, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, King of Dalmatia, King of Croatia, King of Slavonia, King of Galicia, King of Lodomeria, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Lorraine, Duke of Salzburg, Duke of Würzburg, Duke of Franconia, Duke of Styria, Duke of Carinthia, Duke of Carniola, Grand Duke of Cracow, Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of Sandomir, Duke of Masovia, Duke of Lublin, Duke of Silesia (Upper and Lower), Duke of Auschwitz, Duke of Zator, Duke of Teschen and Friule, Prince of Berchtesgaden and Mergentheim, Princely Count of Habsburg, Gorizia and Gradisca and of the Tirol, Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and in Istria, and King of Jerusalem, just to feel as though he had amounted to something.

Comments

  1. RepubAnon says:

    Learning to spell his full name would be a real accomplishment.

  2. Marcellis Schail says:

    His coat of arms must’ve looked like an Amish quilt…

  3. Captain DaFt says:

    Oo, harsh!
    But then, considering the Queen of England’s full title:
    Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich, Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Royal Victorian Order, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Sovereign of the Order of Canada, Sovereign of the Order of Australia, Sovereign of the Order of New Zealand, Sovereign of the Order of Barbados, Sovereign of the Order of Valour, Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Sovereign of the Queen’s Service Order, Sovereign of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of St. Andrew, Sovereign of the Order of Logohu, Sovereign of the Order of the Star of Melanesia

    What does that say about being the Royal head of Britain?

    • Dr. Boli says:

      It says that England is such an inconsiderable thing to be queen of that it is not even mentioned once in her titles.

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