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Beginning with Charlemagne, this tour examines the rule of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and the estate-based order of the Middle Ages. Original knight's armour and weapons, artefacts of communal self-government as well as sacred relics illustrate the different worlds of the medieval estates of the nobility, commoners and clergy. The printing press, exploration of other continents and the Reformation movement initiated by Martin Luther usher in a new era. Confessional and power-political conflicts lead to the devastating Thirty Years' War. The Peace of Westphalia weakens the power of the emperor and strengthens the position of the German princes and the influence of the European rulers on the Empire.

60 minutes

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