Golden Bull of 1356

Constitution for the Holy Roman Empire promulgated by Charles IV.

Stamped with a golden seal, the document gave seven electors the power to choose the ruler of Germany by a simple majority. It also specified the electors and established succession by primogeniture. Intended to eliminate papal influence in German political affairs, it did away with the pope's previous right to examine rivals and approve results, and also increased the power of the princes.

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