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Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth

John B. Freed

Abstract

Frederick Barbarossa, born of two of Germany's most powerful families, swept to the imperial throne in a coup d'état in 1152. A leading monarch of the Middle Ages, he legalized the dualism between the crown and the princes that endured until the end of the Holy Roman Empire. This new biography, the first in English in four decades, paints a rich picture of a consummate diplomat and effective warrior. The book mines Barbarossa's recently published charters and other sources to illuminate the monarch's remarkable ability to rule an empire that stretched from the Baltic to Rome, and from France t ... More

Keywords: Frederick Barbarossa, monarch, Middle Ages, Holy Roman Empire, Third Crusade, Operation Barbarossa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300122763
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300122763.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John B. Freed, author
Illinois State University