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The Temporal Hierarchy – Three Imperial Princes (2nd Half of the 16th Century)
This image is one of a series illustrating temporal and ecclesiastical hierarchies. The Imperial princes formed the highest temporal rank, but the ecclesiastical princes outranked them in the princes’ chamber of the Imperial Diet [Reichstag]. Woodcut by Tobias Stimmer (1539-84), second half of the16th century.