Death of a Lion

After spending almost all of his adult life at war and then taking an arrow to the shoulder, King Richard I (the Lionhearted) died on April 6, 1199, leaving his brother John to take the throne and completely botch the job of being king. Richard was the third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, so he wasn’t expected to become king. In fact, … Continue reading Death of a Lion

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

Two Crowns

Care for a coronation? On July 6 two of England’s most famous (and infamous) kings ascended the throne or were crowned. First, in 1189, was Richard the Lionheart, who’s become legendary for his military prowess (which, in some cases, was particularly brutal). The road to the throne was a rocky one: Richard was involved in several rebellions against his father, Henry II, in an effort … Continue reading Two Crowns

Death of a King

On April 6, 1199, King Richard I of England, best known as “Richard the Lionhearted,” died of an arrow wound in France, leaving his brother, John, King of England. Richard received his fatal blow on March 25, when he was out checking the work of sappers undermining a castle he was besieging. He foolishly wasn’t wearing any chainmail, despite the fact that missiles were being … Continue reading Death of a King