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HERMANN VON SALZA (c. 1170-1239)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 104 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HERMANN VON SALZA (c. 1170-1239), Master of the Teutonic Order, and councillor of the emperor Frederick II., was a scion of the family of Langensalza in Thuringia. He entered the Teutonic Order in early life, became very intimate with Frederick II., took part in the expedition to Damietta in 1221, and accompanied the emperor on the crusade of 1228, which was joined by many princes owing to his influence. About 1210 he was appointed master of the Teutonic Order, and was offered, in 1226, the province of Kulm by Conrad I., duke of Masovia, in return for help against the Prussians; this he accepted and obtained the investiture from Frederick. In 1230 the conquest of Prussia was begun by the Order, although not under his immediate leadership. In 1225 he reconciled Valdemar II., king of Denmark, with Henry I., count of Schwerin, and thus won again the land on the right bank of the Elbe for the Empire, and the recognition of imperial superiority over Denmark. Trusted by Pope Gregory IX. and the emperor alike, he brought about the treaty of San Germano between them in 1230, was the only witness when they met in conference at Anagni in the same year, and it was he who, in 1235, induced Frederick's son, Henry, to submit to his father. He died on the 19th of March 1239 at Barletta in Apulia, and was buried there in the chapel of his Order. Vide: A. Koch, Hermann von Salza, Meister des deutschen Ordens (Leipzig, 1885).
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He was born from a german father(a nobile from the Salza family)and a spanish mother. Thus he had black hair and black eyes; he was an impulsive person and would escape very easy from a woman whom he got bored of. Was educated and teached how to fight by his uncle. Having enough of his uncle's orders and his cousin's insults, he left and became a pirate.After couple of years of piratery, he was called back and offered "a job" by the pope: to be the master of the new born religious order, the teutonic knights.
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