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A King’s Ransom

By Linda Tancs

Dating to 1081, Germany’s Trifels Castle in the Rhineland boasts a king’s ransom in its history.  Located high above the Queich valley on a red sandstone mountain in the Palatinate Forest, this medieval castle is where the British king Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned when he was captured by Leopold V of Austria upon his return from the Third Crusade. Amounting to around $200 million in today’s money, the king was freed after his mother successfully raised the funds.


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