It is known that Frederick II Staufen spoke eight languages fluently. What languages could they be? Where did he learn to speak them?
October 31, 2020 | Education|
Frederick II Staufen grew up in southern Italy, where the inhabitants spoke Sicilian and Arabic. In addition to these languages, Frederick knew Latin, Greek and Hebrew well, and also spoke Provençal and Tuscan (these are southern French and Northern Italian languages – all the poets of Europe then wrote poetry in them). Apparently, Frederick also spoke French (he was allied with Philip Augustus – the king of Northern France). Frederick II learned the main language of his empire – German – only towards the end of his life, for he had hardly ever been to Germany before.
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