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Trifels Castle

During Christmas 1192, the king of England Richard I was waylaid near Vienna by Leopold, Duke of Austria, as he was returning from Crusade. He was committed to Trifels. (The Duke had been humiliated by Richard when his standard was torn from the walls of Acre.) King Philip Augustus and Richard's brother John took advantage of this coup: John by swearing fealty to Philip for the Angevin dominions and then by agitating for the crown of England; Philip by snatching up Norman territory surrendered by John when the game appeared to be up. Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI eventually ransomed Leopold's prize for funds needed to finance his ongoing military ventures in Italy. Richard was released on 4 Feb 1194. John's nerve failed him when Richard finally arrived on the continent at the head of an army, suing for clemency at Liseux. But John's damage would not be repaired until 1198.


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Linked toJohn I, King of England (Political); Richard I, King of England (Political); Leopold V von Babenburg, Duke of Austria (Political); William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke (Military); Heinrich VI von Staufen, Holy Roman Emperor (Political)

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