Pope Celestine III Crowns King Henry VI as Holy Roman Emperor Hot

Pope Celestine III Crowns King Henry VI as Holy Roman Emperor

Emperor Henry VI
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Pope Celestine III crowns German king Henry VI as Holy Roman Emperor in an elaborate ceremony that is designed to reinforce the authority of the pope and church over Henry. Emperor Henry VI proceeds to ignore this when he imprisons King Richard I Lionheart on his return from the Crusades.

Pope Celestine III excommunicates him for this but Henry doesn't care because he's able to get 150,000 silver mark as ransom for Richard, a massive some which allows Henry VI to raise a massive army. Henry will use to conquer southern Italy and take the crown of Sicily which had belonged to his father, Frederick I Barbarossa, and which Pope Clement III had promised to give to Henry but then turned in support of Roger II, Tancred, count of Lecce.

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