Frederick Barbarossa: A Prince and the Myth

Frederick Barbarossa A Prince and the Myth Frederick Barbarossa born of two of Germany s most powerful families swept to the imperial throne in a coup d tat in A leading monarch of the Middle Ages he legalized the dualism between the c

  • Title: Frederick Barbarossa: A Prince and the Myth
  • Author: John B. Freed
  • ISBN: 9780300122763
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Frederick Barbarossa, born of two of Germany s most powerful families, swept to the imperial throne in a coup d tat 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 dFrederick Barbarossa, born of two of Germany s most powerful families, swept to the imperial throne in a coup d tat 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 John Freed 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 to Poland Offering a fresh assessment of the role of Barbarossa s extensive familial network in his success, the author also considers the impact of Frederick s death in the Third Crusade as the key to his lasting heroic reputation In an intriguing epilogue, Freed explains how Hitler s audacious attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 came to be called Operation Barbarossa.

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    1. The German emperor Frederick Barbarossa is often ranked with the English king Henry II as the two great monarchs of 12th century Europe. Yet unlike his English counterpart, who has been the subject of numerous academic studies and popular works, the number of English-language biographies that have been written about Frederick have been surprisingly few. John Freed fills the void with this massive new study, a detailed look at Frederick's life based upon the available sources that seeks to addres [...]

    2. Overall, this was an interesting book that brought Frederick Barbarossa to the fore as a historical figure in the manner which he deserves. The writing was normally very coherent, though John B. Freed has a quite a strong affinity for using quotation marks to bracket an entire sentence. One of the reasons that this book too me so long to finish was that information about the feudal system of the German kingdom and principalities of the High Middle Ages is not as abundant or well known as the inf [...]

    3. Extremely dense, but an incredible work of scholarship. Potential readers should possess a thorough knowledge of medieval German politics.

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