Frederick I Barbarossa Sets Off for the Third Crusade Hot

Frederick I Barbarossa Sets Off for the Third Crusade

Death of Frederick I Barbarossa
Source: Wikipedia

Although quite elderly by this time, German ruler Frederick I Barbarossa sets off on the Third Crusade. The march through Byzantine land has to be made quickly because Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelus has signed a treaty with Saladin against the Crusaders.

His army has about 100,000 men, including 20,000 knights. Unfortunately, Frederick I Barbarossa will never reach the Holy Land or make good on his promise to participate in a Crusade: he drowns while crossing the Saleph River.

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