Konrad III – 1138-1152

Conrad III manages to gain the crown against overwhelming odds. His opponent Henry the proud was the son-in-law of Lothar III and the most powerful prince in the land. The coup resulted in a continuation of the civil war between the houses of Welf and Hohenstaufen. Participation in the Second Crusade was an attempt to break the gridlock that backfired badly


Conrad III snatches the crown from Lothar’s designated successor, Duke Henry of Saxony from the House of Welf


Conrad III fights endless civil wars against the House of Welf


The disastrous Second Crusade wipes out what was left of royal authority. The Reich falls into chaos