German King Otto IV Excommunicated by Pope Innocent III

German King Otto IV Excommunicated by Pope Innocent III

Pope Innocent III
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Pope Innocent III excommunicates German king Otto IV. Innocent had supported Otto's claim to the throne and ensured that he would be consecrated, but Otto quickly broke all of the promises he had made in exchange for papal support — promises that would have significantly weakened his power.

Unfortunately for Otto, his own German vassals are unhappy with him, too. He has been spending so much time in Italy fighting with Pope Innocent III that Valdemar II of Denmark has successfully invaded in the north, taking over the Baltic coast.

So at the Diet of Nuremberg in 1211 they will elect Frederick as King of the Romans and Innocent will recognize him as emperor-elect.

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