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Frederick I (Barbarossa) c1123-1190 Holy Roman emperor from 1152. Death of Barbarossa who drowned trying to cross River Saleph in Cilicia. Gotha manuscript of the Saxon Chronicle, 2nd half of 13th century.
Third crusade; having defeated the Turks in the Battle of Iconium, the great German army entered Cilician Armenia, but in trying to cross the Saleph River the emperor was swept away by the current and drowned. His unexpected death left the Crusader army under the command of rivals Philip II and Richard I and ultimately to its dissolution. Goksu is now the name for the river Saleph and is a river in Taseli Peninsula, Turkey
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