WI: William II of Holland succeeds in becoming Holy Roman Emperor?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Sevarics, Oct 10, 2019 at 8:48 AM.

  1. Sevarics Beto for Texas

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    IOTL, William II of Holland was chosen as King of the Romans as an anti-king in 1248 and ruled as the sole King from 1254 to his death at the hands of Frisians in 1256. What if William hadn’t died and managed to become Holy Roman Emperor in his own right and pass the title on to his son Floris? Would the House of Holland be able to maintain control over the Holy Roman Empire? What impact does that have on the Low Countries? Even just as King of the Romans, William used his power to expand his personal control to Zeeland. Might we see the House of Holland continue to expand their personal power in the Low Countries?
     
  2. Kellan Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't the only reason he was killed because his horse fell through the ice and he was hacked to pieces? So, if his horse DOESN'T go through the ice he isn't a sitting duck?
     
  3. HJ Tulp Vice Admiral, Eutopian Navy

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    Yeah, though at that point the battle was already lost IIRC. Willem II's escape was far from a given. Not impossible of course. On a side note, the amount of men and coin that was expended by the county of Holland in their multiple (failed) attempts at conquering Friesland is pretty staggering.
     
  4. Sevarics Beto for Texas

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    Presumably he could either win the battle or not get lost following it.

    Maybe as actual HRE he could’ve had the forced to subdue Friesland?
     
  5. Sevarics Beto for Texas

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    How quickly would a HRE based out of the Low Countries come into conflict with France?