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My empire is very proud of its textile production. We also attempt to limit the risk of commercial investment with the use of commercial partnerships. Also, my countrymen with the help of bankers started to pay their bills with the use of credit.
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Christianity is our common unifier.
Our life truely is not a pleasant one, so the idea of salvation that Christianity offers is very appealing. Therefore, the amount of people converting to Christianity in this area is significant.
The Roman Catholic religion dominates, with Islam slowl disappearing.
There is constant fighting between the Catholics and the Muslims, known as the Crusades.
We celebrate many sacrements, with that of the Eucharist being the most important, and we are highly devoted to our Saints. Also the relics of these Saints are highly esteemed by the people.
It is not uncommon for the people of my empire to go n pilgimages to holy sites like Rome, Jerusalem, and Compostela.

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The Holy Roman Empire (962 C.E. - Mid-thirteenth century C.E.)

holy_roman_empire.jpg Area of the Holy Roman Empire, encompassing a lot of central Europe
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Our culture is extremely diverse, being that the area that our emperor has conquered spans many different societies. However, are great empire is very religious. Even though Catholicism is the accepted religion, the influences of Muslim culture are also felt throughout my empire.
hre_crown.gif Crown of a ruler from the Holy Roman Empire

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Blog Entry 1 -->The Holy Roman Empire stretches across the area of Northern Italy and Southern Germany. This empire was originally started by German princes in 962 C.E. Our first emperor was Otto of Saxony was from the area of Germany. He was appointed emperor by Pope John XII. This empire that we are a part of is known as the First Reich. Until China was unified, our empire was the largest one that the world had ever seen. Our empire is made up of three estates. These include "Those who pray" the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church, "Those who fight", the feudal nobles, and "Those who work", the peasants and serfs.
Blog Entry 2 --> Trade is an important part of my empire, being that a great deal of its land mass sits on the Mediterranean sea. Due to this prime location, trade along the Mediterranean is an important aspect of our lives. Italian merchants dominate the trade along this sea, and in doing so establish different colonies for our growing empire. In the northern part of our empire, trading is dominated by Hansa. These people of my empire trade along the rivers that link to the Mediterranean Sea. It is the people of this northern area that started the Hanseatic League in the thirteenth century C.E., which is an association of different trading cities within my empire.
Blog Entry 3 --> Within my empire there is always conflict over religion. They are basically split up into two groups, the first crusade (1096-1099 C.E.) and the later crusades, ending in 1204 C.E. This is basically a constant conflict between the Christian crusaders of my empire and the Muslims. We are constantly fighting over the Holy Land, also known as Jerusalem. In the end however, my countrymen failed to take over Palestine from our Muslim enemies. This conflict brings diversity to my people, not Catholic supremecy. Instead Muslim thoughts, and culture are spread throughout my empire. Instead of dominating them, we seem to blend the two cultures.

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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms -- Thanks for abandoning your strongholds and cities in Britania, it created a huge power vaccum that we were more than willing to step in and fill. The roman Empire inadvertenly gave us the oppertunity to go from Germanic peoples wandering around, to power holders in our own land. Thanks again.

Catholics- We would like to thank you for spreading our religion. It is your destiny to conquer the world and help spread the world of the Lord. The pope is proud of you and hope that you continue this great act. Remember WWJD and may God bless you and everyone who is helping.
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Bibliography
Bentley, Jerry H., and Ziegler Herbert F.. Traditions & Encounters A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.