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From: (Jim Weber)
Subject: Re: Double Headed Eagle?
Date: 18 Jan 2004 16:31:57 -0800
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"Todd A. Farmerie" <> wrote in message news:<>...
> Jim Killebrew wrote:
> > Is it possible the assertions by
> > the books cited above may be correct that the arms are a version of
> > Richard, Earl of Cornwall's arms, with the Eagle referencing Richards
> > connection as the King of the Holy Roman Empire?
> Richard was never Emperor, and as far as I know, did not use the
> imperial arms. His arms had a lion and a border with circles
> around the outside.
Richard, Earl of Cornwall, may not have functioned as Emperor, but,
according to CP III:431, he was elected at Frankfurt, 13 Jan 1256/7,
and crowned King of the Romans at Aachen on 17 May 1257, and lasted at
least a few days before being "soon dispossessed, forsaken, and forced
to return into England a poorer King than he went out an Earl".
Apparently, he used his vast wealth to buy up the electors, but didn't
give them quite enough: "Three of the Electors finding his bribe to
them was lower than to the others, seceded in disgust and chose
Alfonso X of Castile."