"Frederick meant men to revere his state as an 'imperial church' (imperialis
in which he himself was the high priest of justice..."
- The Holy Roman Empire by Friedrich Heer (p. 84)
"There are ample witnesses who describe the Emperor himself when he celebrated the sacratis-simum ministerium , as was his custom in later years. Every new cult evolves new rights, and so we find here forms and ceremonies and customs which have never prevailed anywhere in this combination. The Sacra Majestas of the Emperor was enthroned on inaccessible heights, over his head was suspended a gigantic crown ; all who approached must prostrate themselves ; the whole public remained prostrate for a time before the Divus Augustus , who remained in the background like the very Godhead. His voice was seldom heard ; before him stood the Logothetes, who announced the order which the Emperor confirmed by a gesture of his hand. This spokesman played the oracle to the Emperor's sacred and inspired decision, which was, in certain circumstances, accompanied by the tinkling of a bell. Such was the 'most sacred service' and mystery : the High Court - like the High Mass - of the Justice-God-Emperor." (P. 236)
by Ernst Kantorowicz
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