Frederick II (Landgraf Friedrich II) Hohenstaufen of Germany in Italy

Frederick II (Landgraf Friedrich II) Hohenstaufen of Germany
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CountryItaly
Websitehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_II,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

Frederick II (December 26, 1194 – December 13, 1250), of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, was a pretender to the title of King of the Romans from 1212 and unopposed holder of that monarchy from 1215 as Holy Roman Emperor. As such, he was King of Germany, of Italy, and of Burgundy, and later even King of Jerusalem.

He was also King of Sicily from his mothers inheritance, and here he built a menagerie, as well as one in Kasseler Hof.

Frederick loved exotic animals in general: his menagerie, with which he impressed the cold cities of Northern Italy and Europe, included hounds, giraffes, cheetahs, lynxes, leopards, exotic birds and even an elephant.

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