The Middle Ages were turbulent times in the south-western regions of what is today Germany. In 1184, the Empire was supposed to present itself in all its power and glory in Mainz. But a storm broke out over the festival of superlatives. At Disibodenberg monastery, a nun planned a revolt. And the citizens of the newly formed towns also began to raise their voices. It was the start of a development that made the southwest what it is today.