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March 9, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

22. Richard the Lionheart


In 1189, one of England's legendary kings takes the throne. Richard I (nicknamed the Lionheart for his courage in battle) has become an English folk hero, most famously in the story of Robin Hood, but he spent surprisingly little time in England. For Richard, the supreme priority was taking back Jerusalem from the great Muslim leader Saladin in the Third Crusade. As if this was not challenging enough, Phillip II of France starts to encroach on his continental Angevin territories and his younger brother John seeks to move against him. Richard is fortunate to have the unfailing support of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, but when we pass our judgement will his performance stand up to the legend?

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  • Mathew

    Lying in bed, sick as a dog, having listened to everything from the start to this point in the last 24 hours. (This may be seen as a balm for my illness, not a symptom).

    What has just occurred to me is hat as I have been listening, I have developed pictures of you in my mind. The problem is, Graeme sounds like James May, so that the picture I have. Consequently Ali looks like the hamster. Sorry guys, but thanks for the entertainment!

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:40 am
  • Dominic

    Very poor that you gave the rex factor to Richard the Lionheart! A great soldier but a terrible king - both with the benefit of hindsight and modern sensibilities but also (more importantly) for his subjects at the time. He may have been a hero to the nobility of the time but I doubt he was to the common people of England, who he did nothing for. Cop-out!

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:55 am
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