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.