A King’s Ransom

Richard the Lionhearted may have been a legendary king, but he led lousy road trips. During one, on December 20, 1192, he managed to get himself captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria. At the time, Richard was making his way back to England after the end of the Third crusade (a three-year conflict that failed in its ultimate goal of conquering Jerusalem). He … Continue reading A King’s Ransom

At Last

On August 9, 1902, Edward VII was crowned King of the United Kingdom in Westminster Abbey. Finally. Poor Edward had a hellish wait for the throne. His mother, Queen Victoria, loved wallowing in misery so much she refused to die and wound up with the longest reign of any British monarch in history. Subsequently, her son, Edward, had the longest wait for the throne of … Continue reading At Last