Thursday, May 24, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 12th secular

Conrad III, 1138-1152
- the bishops again interfered, ignoring the Welf heir apparent and electing Conrad (Hohenstaufen) - he was a gallant knight, but not a statesman - went on the Second Crusade, and returned to find Germany in total confusion
- it was during his reign that the German princes started their “Drang nach Osten”, their eastward movement against the Slavs (similar to the US westward movement west against the Indians)

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