This Emperor Drowned During Third Crusade

On June 10, 1190, during the Third Crusade, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (r. 1155-1190) drowned in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem.

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Frederick I Barbarossa (“red beard”) is generally considered one of Medieval Europe's greatest emperors.  He had a long reign as not only Holy Roman Emperor but also as King of Italy, King of Germany (King of the Romans), and King of Burgundy, ruling some of these realms from 1152 until his death in 1190, or nearly forty years!

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