George Spengler
(Abt 1150-Abt 1190)


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George Spengler 1 2

  • Born: Abt 1150, Wurzburg, Stadtkreis Würzburg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany 3
  • Marriage (1): Unknown in 1169-1186 1
  • Died: Abt 1190, Antioch, Hatay, Turkey about age 40
  • Buried: 1190, Church of Saint Peter Cemetery., Antioch, Hatay, Turkey 3

bullet  General Notes:

George was born in the year 1150. He served as the cupbearer to the Prince Bishop of Wurtzburg, Godfrey of Piesenburg, of the ecclesiastical principality of Wurtzburg. Godfrey of Piesenburg was also chancellor to German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa.

Godfrey of Piesenburg and George Spengler joined the Third Crusades that started in 1189. The purpose of this crusade was to recapture Jerusalem from Saladin, the Saracen conqueror. The call to crusade was answered by Frederick I Barbarossa, French King Philip Augustus, and English King Richard the Lionheart.

However, on 10 June 1190, after two successful battles in Asia Minor, Frederick I Barbarossa drowned while crossing the Calycadmus near Pisidia on horseback. The emperor's camp was then removed to Antioch, where he was temporarily buried.

Not long after, Godfrey of Piesenburg and George Spengler died in 1190 in Antioch, Turkey, succumbing to the black plague. They were buried in The Church of St. Peter. (The church, composed of a cave carved into the side Mount Starius, is one of Christianity's oldest churches, built sometime in the 4th or 5th centuries.)

History records that less than one in ten of those who crossed the Bosphorus with Frederick I Barbarossa lived to reach Antioch. 4


George married Unknown in 1169-1186.1



1 The Spangler Genealogy.

2 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

3 The Spangler Progenitor.

4 The Spangler Progenitor,

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