Richard The Lionheart - and how did he get his name

Jul 2017
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Welcome to the world of fiction and intrigue. We all know in detail about the Norman/French / Plantagenets/Angevin king's life and exploits. But then ofcourse is always another twist, presenting the imagination, medieval romanticism and fairy tailish ambitions of
just another modern scribe.

Richard Coeur de Lion...Rhee-K-ard Coor deux Lee-on ..the French pronounciation

is the title of the book by Katherine H Terrell

In it the author goes to length to depict her own angle on things surrounding the French/Norman King life and exploits.
She mentions a mysterious King , who imprisons Richard the Lionheart, on his way back from the 3rd Crusade, although in reality
we have 2 Kings involved in the deed - Leopold V of Austria and Henry VI of the Holy Roman Empire.

The mysterious King - captor in the book, provides for good etertainment - boxing match between a Prince in his Kingdoom and Richard.
The Lionheart is the winner and surprisingly gets to be in the arms of another royal, this time a Pricess for several days The plot thickens.

The king enraged at Richard the Lionheart sets loose a lion( a hungry one at that) in Richard's prison cell. King Richard - the ever the forseer - borrowed already some of the Princess handkerchiefs to wrap around his arm.He plunges that arm deep into the lion's throat and rips apart his heart...mirror mirror on the wall, who's the hungriest of'em all.

With the ultimate prize(lion's heart) in hand King Richard goes in the royal hall, where there is a fiest for the whole court and in the presence of many devours the lion's heart. Please, do not try this at the local zoo...for your arm's sake.

And they lived happily ever after or so goes the saying, although the real King Richard the Lionheart died a foolish death...by friendly fire.
 

JoanOfArc007

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Dec 2015
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Richard I was known for his chivalry. While overlooking castle defenses Richard I was shot with an arrow by a young boy, known by some as Pierre. Wounded Richard had Pierre brought before him, Richard granted Pierre freedom and some Gold. Richard later died of his wounds, but forgave his own killer the ultimate act of Christian piety.
 
Jul 2017
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He was that and some more, heroic warrior in the cause of Christ, piety and chivalry only part of his long list of attributes. Richard the Lionheart got his name for the numerous battles he fought with great bravery and determination, not for fighting lions.
He did forgive the crosbowman, but immediately after his death the shooter was flayed alive(skinned) and then hanged.

The boy shot King Richard in revenge for the death of his father and brother, apparently on the King;s orders.
The affair was known as..."the Lion by the Ant was slain".
Richard the Lionheart - of the French royal dynasty - Plantagenets, spoke only French and Occitan.
He is also in the English pantheon of Royals, present not by regnal number, but his epithet.
 

notgivenaway

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Jun 2015
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Because he was a brave warrior, and had the heart of a lion.

Either way, he was an average king, and didn't even win his Crusades. John was a superior king to him, and yes, that's controversial. But then considering he didn't pay much attention to the kingdom, the nobility were rightly agititated by their king's bad acts.
 
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sparky

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Jan 2017
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Richard ( Rich.Hard keur deu li.on ) was a famous warrior , he displayed a talent for aggressive fighting since his early manhood
this even impressed his father Henry , himself no slouch at warfare with which he was on and off at war with
essentially a mommy boy with not much interest in women , he delighted in plotting against his old man and made Henry life a pure misery
he had absolutely no interest in the cold and foggy lands over the channel , little like for Normandy or Anjou
his heart was in Aquitaine
 
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Neverland
Because he was a brave warrior, and had the heart of a lion.

Either way, he was an average king, and didn't even win his Crusades. John was a superior king to him, and yes, that's controversial. But then considering he didn't pay much attention to the kingdom, the nobility were rightly agititated by their king's bad acts.
He won a number of battles versus the muslims, just that failed to conquer Jerusalem. Moreover, some of his allies(Leopold of Austria) abandoned him, due to Richard's ego
and misconceived honor.Not the best of diplomats.
 
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Richard ( Rich.Hard keur deu li.on ) was a famous warrior , he displayed a talent for aggressive fighting since his early manhood
this even impressed his father Henry , himself no slouch at warfare with which he was on and off at war with
essentially a mommy boy with not much interest in women , he delighted in plotting against his old man and made Henry life a pure misery
he had absolutely no interest in the cold and foggy lands over the channel , little like for Normandy or Anjou
his heart was in Aquitaine
We can also add Britanny to the list. As to the cold and foggy real estate in Britain, well, that was only one side to the story.Roman Britain suffered greatly at the hands
of the party folks from Germany - Angles, Saxons. All vestiges of civilization in Roman Britania - piped water, sewed, aqueducts, baths, monuments etc was demolished upon the arrival of the barbarians from the Continent.

Archaeological remains bear witness to the eradication of culture in the Century V AD and creation of German entities of something akin to state - Essex, Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, Sussex, fighting among themselves. Britain was a backwater and a very savage place till William the Conquerer - vassal to the King Of France.
In the centuries after 1066 AD Britanny got re-civilized, acquired Norman/French language in place of the course old german lingo.thanks to Normans and their masters - the French.

I understand that today's Brits feel 'cold' towards their 1st dynasty - the Plantagenets of France....they don't feel its theirs. After all, the French were oppressors and party crashers to the folks
from Germania.. But let's face it, without the conquering Normans and French, Britain will be a very different place today.Because, another wave of Germanic party goers, this time from Scandinavia, were making inroads in Britain, killing, maiming and destroying before the Normans arrived.

Gotta watch those Germans, you know..fighting among themselves is a past time, from antiquity till WWI and WWII.
 
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One of the worst Kings England was unfortunate enough to be afflicted with. Brave yes, chivalrous yes, but a King who cared for his people- no.
 
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One of the worst Kings England was unfortunate enough to be afflicted with. Brave yes, chivalrous yes, but a King who cared for his people- no.
Unfortunately, leaders are often judged by the grandness of their actions rather than the goodness of their rule.