Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fact of the Day: Crusader Frederick

During the Third Crusade, Frederick I the Holy Roman Emperor took a considerable German army to the Holy Land. He perished on the journey, and while there are conflicting stories, the most popular version is that he drowned in the Saleph River after convincing his men that they could simply swim across. This proved disastrous for his army who plunged into chaos after losing their leader. 

15 comments:

Kati said...

Apparently just swimming across did not work...

-Kati

Martha said...

Not a very good ending.

Margaret D said...

My goodness you would think someone could have led the army..

SlimExpectations said...

Oh man. Sad!

Jax said...

Wow that's a sad story. Drowning has to be a horrible death.

Pat Hatt said...

Maybe he needed more swimming lessons or a boat

Holy Ghost Writer said...

He lead the way, not wisely

Christine said...

I've never heard of him.

Saucy Siciliana said...

I didn't know this.

stephen Hayes said...

I was just reading a book about this. He was nicknamed Fredrick Barbarossa, for his red beard.

Mary Kirkland said...

Crazy people.

Moscow Blogger said...

thanks for shearing!

Cloudia said...

He should have remembered King Canute


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bj said...

What a terrible story...and drowning must be so horrible.

DEZMOND said...

Fredie didn't think steady