5 Chapter One A World of Empires The Holy Roman Empire magine that you’re a world traveler in the year 00. ou’ve spent the last twenty years journeying around the world. ou’ve slept in Arabian tents uropean palaces and ative $PHULFDQORQJKRXVHV<RX¶YHHDWHQIHUPHQWHG¿VKVDXFHLQ ome calf’s-intestine pudding in ngland sugar-coated beets in ittenberg and gilded boar’s head in rance. ou only have two teeth left (the rest fell out because of scurvy and the sugared beets) and on your last journey to celand you lost three toes to frostbite. ou’ve been bitten by a camel in Asia a cobra in ndia and a water moccasin in orth America. n your travels around the world you’ve seen two ÀDJV²RQHZLWKDUHGFURVVRQDZKLWHEDFNJURXQGDQGWKH other bearing a two-headed eagle—all over the world. ou’ve seen the red cross and the two-headed eagle in pain and ortugal and all over urope from the Alps up to the soggy FRDVWRIWKH1HWKHUODQGV<RX¶YHVHHQWKHVHÀDJVÀ\LQJRYHU settlements in orth America outh America and even in the hilippines. o matter where you go the red cross and the two- headed eagle are there! 7KHWZRNLQJVZKRÀ\WKHVHÀDJV3KLOLS,,RI6SDLQDQG erdinand of the oly oman mpire are nephew and uncle. And they rule over an enormous part of the world because of one very fortunate little boy. A hundred years before our story begins in the year 500 this fortunate baby was born in a cold stone palace in northern urope. is father was the king of the etherlands. is grandfather ruled over lands in ermany. And his other grandfather was the king of pain. This baby who was named Charles had three kings in his family!