Music for a Captured King: Richard the Lionheart and Blondel

Blondel meeting Richard I - Photo by JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD / Wikimedia Commons

Love him or hate him, one thing you can say about England’s Richard the Lionheart is that there are some great stories about him.

The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

My book review of Robin Hood tale, Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson.

The Military Legacy of Richard the Lionheart

Statue of Richard the Lionheart - photo by wim hoppenbrouwers / Flickr

Authors look back at the entirety of the reign and reach two common conclusions: 1) he was a neglectful and mostly-absent ruler of England, but 2) he attained spectacular success in war, which was, after all, his primary interest.

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume IV Issue 5

medieval warfare magazine lionheart

The newest issue of Medieval Warfare hits the magazine shelves on October 1st. The theme for this issue is Richard the Lionheart’s conquests in the Mediterranean

Extralegal and English: the Robin Hood Legend and Increasing National Identity in the Middling Sorts of Late Medieval England

Robin Hood statue outside of Nottingham Castle - Photograph by Mike Peel

The legend was clearly not the only work of popular culture in what I propose as the long fifteenth century, but it does serve as a very useful representation for examining the growth of Englishness.

Mirrors for Princes: Henry II and the Succession to the Angevin Empire

Henry II and his children - Royal 14 B V   Membrane 5

Understandably, with so many ‘devilish’ offspring, Henry II faced many difficulties when it came to bringing up his sons, including the problem of how to successfully integrate them into the rule of the Angevin Empire.

Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England

Berengaria and Richard I

Of the many princesses available as a bride for Richard the Lionheart, King of England, Berengaria of Navarre was chosen to be his queen.

The Illnesses of King Richard and King Philippe on the Third Crusade


For weeks both Richard and Philippe were close to the brink of death, before they finally recovered.

The Kidnapped King: Richard I in Germany, 1192–1194

Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI grants a pardon to Richard I of England

In 1193 the rulers of Germany and England met for the first time in history.

Coeur de Lion in Captivity

Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI grants a pardon to Richard I of England

In December 1192 Richard I was seized near Vienna by Duke Leopold V of Austria.

MOVIE REVIEW: Order of the Holy Grail (Captain Thunder)

Captain Thunder gets the chalice

This is a review of the Spanish medieval film: Captain Thunder or Order of The Holy Grail (El Capitán Trueno y el Santo Grial)

Richard Lionheart: Bad King, Bad Crusader?

Richard Lionheart

This paper analyzes the impact of King Richard Lionheart of England during his tenure as leader of the Third Crusade.

BOOK REVIEW: A King’s Ransom – Sharon Kay Penman

A King's Ransom - Sharon Kay Penman

A King’s Ransom is the follow up to Lionheart and tells the story of King Richard I’s imprisonment in Germany at the hands of Duke Leopold of Austria and Emperor Heinrich VI and of his battle to win back his Kingdom from his rapacious brother John.

The embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart (1199 A.D.): a biological and anthropological analysis

richard I tomb

We performed a full biomedical analysis of the mummified heart of the English King Richard I (1199 A.D.). Here we show among other aspects, that the organ has been embalmed using substances inspired by Biblical texts and practical necessities of desiccation

King and magnate in medieval Ireland: Walter de Lacy, King Richard and King John

Richard the Lionheart pardoning King John

Perhaps the best way to capture the essence of the relationship between Richard, John and their magnates is to focus on one such relationship and to analyse the changes it underwent over the twenty-seven years the two brothers ruled England. The career of Walter de Lacy provides an excellent opportunity for such an analysis.

The Strange Death of Richard the Lionhearted

Tomb of Richard I of England at Fontevraud Abbey near Chinon, in Anjou, France

Why did Richard I, a seasoned and expert warrior, expose himself to a bowman’s shot?

A Question of Truth: Barbour’s Bruce, Hary’s Wallace and Richard Coer de Lion

Statue of Robert the Bruce (1929) in front of the gates at Edinburgh Castle. © Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

Tempting though it is to assume that these poems are simply peculiarly Scots, to do so denies them their place in British literature. A survey of English romances, moreover, reveals what appears to be an English equivalent: Richard Coer de Lion. It is also a hybrid poem about a recent king and military leader.

Character-Assassination: Conrad de Monferrat in English-language Fiction and Popular Histories

Conrad de Montferrat

It is a story will all the ingredients of epic tragedy: a brilliant, courageous and handsome nobleman travels to distant lands, fights battles, marries princesses, is elected King but is slain by treachery, still relatively young, just before he is crowned.

The Fall of the Angevin Empire

King John of England

A damned inheritance, hopelessly over-extended and out-resourced by the kings of France? Or an effective empire thrown away by incompetence and harshness? John Gillingham weighs the blame for John’s loss of the Angevin dominions.

The Great Men of Christendom: The Failure of the Third Crusade

Third Crusade

It is my intention to show that the participation of monarchs in the Third Crusade had an adverse effect on the outcome of the Crusade. Whatever positive aspects of monarchical involvement in the Third Crusade were to be had can be seen at the beginning of the venture, when the Church needed financial and material support, as well as the prestige that royal participation could offer.

The Meetings of the Kings of France and England, 1066-1204

The coronation of Philippe II Auguste in the presence of Henry II of England

Between 1066 and 1154 the kings of France and of England are known to have met each other on five occasions: in 1079, 1109, 1113, 1120, and 1137.

The Massacre at Acre–Mark of a Blood-thirsty King?

Siege of Acre

The Christian forces in the Holy Land during the mid-to-late-1100s had, for many years, requested assistance to maintain their dwindling and increasingly challenged control in the Holy Land, but no help came. The tenuous rule of Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem, in the mid-1180s, led to further internal conflict.

The medieval crossbow as surgical instrument: an illustrated case history

Archers in the Luttrell Psalter

The crossbow could be carried loaded,required little training or strength,and propelled its quarrel or bolt with frightening accuracy and force for eighty yards on direct aim and double or triple that on extreme range.

The Enigmatic Sepulchral Monument of Berengaria (ca.1170-1230), Queen of England (1191-1199)

The funerary monument of Berengaria, wife of Richard the Lionheart, king of England, is installed in the Cistercian abbey of L'Epau

The life and work of Berengaria, her conflicts with various powers over her royal rights and dowry as the former Queen of England and later on as the Lady of Le Mans, and her conflicts with the various ecclesiastical authorities, have been investigated since the 19th century by various scholars.

Interview with Sharon Kay Penman

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Best-selling author Sharon Kay Penman has published her twelfth novel, Lionheart, which focuses on King Richard I and his crusade to the Holy Land in the late-twelfth century. We had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Kay Penman about this novel and how she writes historical fiction: This book is a kind of sequel to your […]

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