Emperor Frederick II Arrives in Cyprus for Sixth Crusade, but Fever Outbreak Drives Him Out Hot

Emperor Frederick II Arrives in Cyprus for Sixth Crusade, but Fever Outbreak Drives Him Out

Court of Emperor Frederick II in Palermo
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen arrives in Cyprus to participate in the Sixth Crusade.

An outbreak of fever in the Crusader camp forces Frederick to return, but Pope Gregory IX doesn't accept this as a valid reason for him to give up on his Crusading promise.

Gregory is also looking for an excuse to punish Frederick because for years he has been infringing upon papal lands and power throughout Italy. Frederick is excommunicated and a Crusade is actually preached against him, with his lands around Naples occupied by the pope.

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