Historical sketch of the German emperors and kings from 768 to 1888

Updated: Feb 2, 2019



Historical sketch of the German emperors and kings : explanatory of the portraits in the Emperor's Hall, by Johann Philipp Benkard, published 1906, can be viewed and searched online at Archive.org, free of charge.

Containing historical and biographical sketches of:

  • Frankish Emperors and Kings. The Carlovingians.

  • Charles I., or Charlemagne (A.D. 768-814).

  • Lewis I., the Debonnaire (A.D. 814-840).

  • Lewis II., the German (A.D. 840-876).

  • Charles II. (III.), the Fat (A.D. 876-887).

  • Arnulph (A.D. 888-899).

  • Lewis III.. (IV.), the Child (A.D. 900-911).

  • Conrad I., (A.D. 911-918).

  • Saxon Emperors and Kings.

  • Henry I., the Fowler (A.D. 919-936).

  • Otto I., the Great (A.D. 936-973).

  • Otto II., the Red (A.D. 973-983).

  • Otto III., (A.D. 983-1002).

  • Henry II., the Saint (A.D. 1002-1024).

  • Frankish Emperors. The Salians.

  • Conrad II., the Salian (A.D. 1024-1039).

  • Henry III., the Black (A.D. 1039-1056).

  • Henry IV., (A.D. 1056-1106).

  • Henry V., (A.D. 1106-1125).

  • Lothar. (A.D. 1125-1137).

  • Swabian Emperors and Kings.

  • Conrad III., (A.D. 1138-1152).

  • Frederic I., Barbarossa (A.D. 1152-1190).

  • Henry VI., (A.D. 1190-1197).

  • Philip (A.D. 1197-1208).

  • Otto IV., of Brunswick (A.D. 1208-1218).

  • Frederic II., (A.D. 1218-1250).

  • The Interregnum. (A.D. 1250-1273).

  • Conrad IV., (A.D. 1250-1254).

  • William of Holland (A.D. 1250-1256).

  • Richard of Cornwall (A.D. 1257-1272).

  • Enzio (A.D. 1272).

  • Manfred (A.D. 1266).

  • Conradin (died at the age of 16).

  • Emperors and Kings of the Various Houses.

  • Rudolph I. (1273-1291).

  • Adolphus (A.D. 1292-1298).

  • Albert I., (1298-1308).

  • Henry VII., (1308-1313).

  • Frederic III., the Fair (1314-1330).

  • Louis IV. (III.), of Bavaria (1314-1347).

  • Guenther (1349).

  • Charles IV., (1349-1378).

  • Wenceslaus (1378-1400).

  • Rupper (1400-1410).

  • Sigismund (1411-1437).

  • House of Austria. Habsburg Line.

  • Albert II., (1437-1439).

  • Frederic III., (IV.) (1440-1493).

  • Maximillian I., (1493-1519).

  • Charles V., (1519-1558).

  • Fredinand I., (1558-1564).

  • Maximillian II., (1564-1576).

  • Rodolph II., (1576-1612).

  • Mathias (1612-1619).

  • Ferdinand II., (1619-1637).

  • Ferdinand III., (1637-1657).

  • Leopold I., (1658-1705).

  • Joseph I., (1705-1711).

  • Charles VI., (1711-1740).

  • Charles VII., of Bavaria (1742-1745).

  • House of Austria-Lorraine.

  • Francis I., (1745-1765).

  • JosephII., (1765-1790).

  • Leopold II., (1790-1792).

  • Francis II., (1792-1806). Laid down his imperial crown in 1806 and the empire technically ceased to exist again until 1871.

  • Germany's new era.

  • Wilhelm I., (1871-1888).

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