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Maps of the Holy Roman Empire

(Germany)

What is today Germany was the heart of the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries the boundaries of the Empire, as well as its cohesion, underwent massive changes. Some of these changes are reflected in the maps offered here.

You can find related materials about the history of Medieval Germany in our Medieval Germany Subject Index, and a concise overview of the Holy Roman Empire in this article by Raymond H. Schmandt.

 

Europe at the Death of Charles the Great
Large JPEG (234K) from The Public Schools Historical Atlas, edited by C. Colbeck, published by Longmans, Green, and Co. 1905, made available online at the Perry-Castañeda Library, UT Austin.

Map of the Western Empire as divided at Verdun: 843
From the Atlas to Freeman's Historical Geography, edited by J.B. Bury, a map of the Holy Roman Empire as divided among Lothar, Lewis and Charles in 843, here at the Medieval History site.

Map of the Western Empire as divided in 870
From the Atlas to Freeman's Historical Geography, edited by J.B. Bury, a map depicting the Holy Roman Empire as divided among Lewis II, Lewis the German and Charles in 870, here at the Medieval History site.

Map of the Western Empire as divided in 887
From the Atlas to Freeman's Historical Geography, edited by J.B. Bury, a map depicting the Holy Roman Empire in 887, here at the Medieval History site.

  

Maps of Central Europe

These maps depicting the political divisions of Germany and Central Europe through the Middle Ages are from the Atlas to Freeman's Historical Geography, edited by J.B. Bury. They are in the public domain and are online here at the Medieval History site.

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About the Medieval Atlas
   The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps, charts, geographic drawings and illustrations, illuminations, and other cartographic representations of the world in general, and the geography of Europe in particular, during the Middle Ages. Both historical maps and period or "antique" maps are included.
   The directory links to maps on the web as well as to maps right here at the Medieval History site. Many maps are in the public domain and may be downloaded and used freely; however, please check each individual page for copyright notices and any terms of use for the map it displays.
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