- NAME: Henry VI
- OCCUPATION: Emperor, King
- BIRTH DATE: 1165
- DEATH DATE: September 28, 1197
- Did You Know?: Henry VI extracted a ransom of 150,000 German marks in exchange for releasing Richard the Lionheart.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Nijmegen, Netherlands
- PLACE OF DEATH: Messina, Sicily, Italy
- AKA: King of Germany
- AKA: Holy Roman Emperor
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Henry VI (1165-1197) was a German king and Holy Roman Emperor. He increased the power of his empire by acquiring the kingdom of Sicily.
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Henry VI was now arguably the most powerful monarch in Mediterranean Europe. He attempted to make the empire's crown hereditary, and for a time it looked as if he might succeed. However, a minority of German barons opposed hereditary rule.
In 1197, Henry VI was in southern Italy preparing for a crusade when he contracted malaria. He died on September 28. His son, Frederick II, inherited the kingdom of Sicily and was later made Holy Roman Emperor.
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