Frederick I Barbarossa Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick I Barbarossa (1122-1190), King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor. Born in Swabia in southern Germany, Frederick succeeded his father as Duke in 1147. Soon after this he went on the Second Crusade and despite its failure Frederick proved himself and won the confidence of the King of Gemany, Conrad III. When Conrad died, Frederick was himself elected King. Frederick undertook expeditions into Italy and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Adrian IV. Frederick spent much of his reign brokering compromises between the German monarchy and the Italian states over the power and position of the Papacy which had previously tended to end in battle. To appease the Pope, Frederick went on the Third Crusade, but he drowned whilst bathing in the Saleph River. This woodcut comes from Giovio's Elogia vivorum bellica virtute illustrium, publised at Basle in 1596.
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ST. BENEDICT (c480-c543). Italian religious. Saint Benedict of Nursia handing the Rule
ST. BENEDICT (c480-c543).
Italian religious. Saint Benedict of Nursia handing the Rule, regulations governing monastic life and discipline, to a group of monks. Drawing after a 12th century manuscript illumination.
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PRINCESS OLGA OF KIEV (c890-969). Regent of Kievan Rus, 945-c963, and Russian Orthodox saint
PRINCESS OLGA OF KIEV
(c890-969). Regent of Kievan Rus, 945-c963, and Russian Orthodox saint. St. Olga being welcomed at the imperial court in Constaninople by Emperor Constantine VII as Russia's first Christian ruler, c957. Byzantine manuscript illumination, 11th century.
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