Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 12th secular

Lothair II, 1125-1137
- the bishops of Germany, after all the fighting that had been going on with the pope, decided that it would be a bad thing to elect Henry’s closest relative (Frederick of Swabia, of the house of Hohenstaufen), so they elected Lothair of Saxony (of the house of Welf)
- Lothair ruled well and pacified the country, but this set in motion a continuing battle, in Germany and Italy, between the two rival houses, Hohenstaufen and Welf (or the Ghibilline and Guelf as they were known in Italy)

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