Following the death of Henry V (r. 1106-25), the last of the Salian kings, the dukes refused to elect his nephew because they feared that he might restore royal power. Instead, they elected a noble connected to the Saxon noble family Welf (often written as Guelf). This choice inflamed the Hohenstaufen family of Swabia, which also had a claim to the throne. Although a Hohenstaufen became king in 1138, the dynastic feud with the Welfs continued. The feud became international in nature when the
This is my final coat of arms. I wanted to do a few other ones but I could not find the coat of arms for them. This is the coat of arms of Otto IV of Brunswick, Holy Roman Emperor. He was one of two rival kings of the Holy Roman Empire from 1198 until 1208 when he became the sole ruler. He became the Holy Roman Emperor in 1209 until his death in 1218. He was the only king of the Welf dynasty. Even though he was the Holy Roman Emperor he was excommunicated by the Pope in 1215.