[2016] Dalton Knight: Emperor Fredrick I

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[2016] Dalton Knight: Emperor Fredrick I

Frederick I, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 until his death in June 10, 1190. He was elected King of Germany at Frankfurt on 4 March 1152 and crowned emperor on June 18 1155.

Who was he

German king and Holy Roman emperor (1152–90), who challenged papal authority and sought to establish German predominance in western Europe. He engaged in a long struggle with the cities of northern Italy (1154–83), sending six major expeditions southward. He died while on the Third Crusade to the Holy Land.

At the age of 25, he became the Duke of Swabia following his father's death. Later that year, he accompanied his uncle, Conrad III, King of Germany, on the Second Crusade.

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Fredrick I

Historians consider him among the Holy Roman Empire's greatest medieval emperors. He combined qualities that made him appear almost superhuman to his contemporaries: his longevity, his ambition, his extraordinary skills at organization, his battlefield acumen and his political perspicuity. Among his contributions to Central European society and culture include the reestablishment of the Corpus Juris Civilis, or the Roman rule of law, which counterbalanced the papal power that dominated the German states since the conclusion of the investiture crisis.


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