John Freed is distinguished professor of history emeritus, Illinois State University, and the author of four previous books. He lives in Bloomington, IL.
"John Freed's biography is the first in English for half a century.
A 700-page doorstopper, this impressive, learned book certainly
makes amends for this previously serious oversight... Thanks to
Freed's scholarly but highly readable biography, this pragmatic
Teutonic Arthur might finally gain greater renown beyond
Germany."-Sean McGlynn, Spectator -- Sean McGlynn *
"Freed's book is certainly a cause for celebration and will be a lasting resource... gives us a compelling, readable and very well-informed narrative of Frederick's thirty-eight reign, that made him -with Henry II of England, Louis VII of France and Manuel I of Byzantium - one of the leading political personalities of Europe."-Mark Whittow, TLS -- Mark Whittow * TLS *
"Freed has done so much to illuminate the ins and out of German politics in the late 12th century, ensuring that his book will be a constant point of reference for scholars."-David Abulafia, History Today -- David Abulafia * History Today *