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Frederick Barbarossa
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[German Version]

(1122 – Jun 10, 1190 [by drowning in the river Saleph in Asia Minor]), Holy Roman emperor and German king of Hohenstaufen lineage. The son of Duke Frederick II of Swabia and of Judith from the house of Guelph (Guelphs), he became a ruler of considerable authority by the end of his long reign. His policies were dictated not only by the necessity of remaining flexible in the face of highly complex duties and responsibilities, but also by his strict insistence on the prerogatives arising from his rank and office. Territo…

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Görich, Knut, “Frederick Barbarossa”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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