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I have already shown that the real Outline of History for the last few centuries largely consisted of Prussia dragging down the Holy Roman Empire, and transferring the Imperial Crown, the Kaiserdom or Kingship of the Germanies, from the old Catholic Princes who claimed to have it from Charlemagne, to a Protestant prince who had been but lately a Prussian squire. In short, the whole modern business has been the building up of a new Protestant Empire in the north, on the ruin of the old Catholic Empire in the south.

-G.K. Chesterton, The Heresy of Race

More quotations on the Holy Roman Empire taken from the works of Chesterton can be found in my earlier post, Catholic Authors on the Holy Roman Empire: Part I.