The Hohenzollerns and their work (Five hundred years of history)

The origin and early history of the royal family are like most dynasties, the old times in the back wrapped in darkness and therefore often the subject of unfounded genealogical fantasies and scientific assumptions and issues, which extend up to the present.

Of a real research in this area can only since the mid- 19. Century be discussed. In an age where the relations of German emperors and princes were not canceled and were rated higher ideal, the less they had to do with politics, loved one, for example, in the logic of the House of Hohenzollern with the counts of the Colonna, has its origins up to the “Camillern” was attributed. Went out of her family except the below mentioned Pope Martin V. Many cardinals, Commanders, Statesmen and scholars produced.

At the Council of Constance, where 1417 the first Hohenzollern Elector of Brandenburg, the solemn investiture received, was the newly elected Pope Martin V., who came from the home of the Earls Collonna, noticed the similarity with the coat of arms and uncritical recklessness, he created an iconic sex relationship between the two houses and he even went so far, to describe the relationship of both houses as an old tradition. This “Fable” struck firm roots, especially in the Hohenzollern himself.

Also in 16. Century attempted the learned, But in the genealogy of John Abbot of Sponheim unscrupulous Tritheim, the, as he once described as a guest at the court of Joachim I. bored, attributed the origin of the Hohenzollern on an old Frankish King Guntram, which should also apply as the progenitor of the Habsburgs and the Zähringer… and immediately afterwards the emperor Basil Hofhistograph John Herold, the Count Charles I. of Hohenzollern 1560 was charged with, to explore the true origin of his house, simply invented a count of Hohenzollern Thassilo, of being related to the Guelph and should have lived at the court of Charlemagne and has now made the ancestor of the Hohenzollern and Habsburg as the Colonna and Colalto. Selbst Friedrich der Große schmückte sich fälschlich mit diesen Grafen Thassilo als historisch beglaubigt und so war es dem Autor ein Anliegen in diesem Werk aufzuräumen mit vielen Fabeln und Mythen.


Hintze, Otto: The Hohenzollerns and their work : fünfhundert Jahre vaterländischer Geschichte, Berlin: Paul Parey, 1906

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