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Old 10-16-2013, 02:01 AM
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I have seen on this board that some posters have a low opinion of the first King Richard and I wonder why. The only thing I know about Richard is crusades, he was his mothers favorite, and Robin Hood. Was Richard a good king or nay? Was John better or just as bad?
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:52 AM
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I have seen on this board that some posters have a low opinion of the first King Richard and I wonder why. The only thing I know about Richard is crusades, he was his mothers favorite, and Robin Hood. Was Richard a good king or nay? Was John better or just as bad?
Actually I think the reason why a lot see him as a different kind of King is because he was more of a warrior than a ruler. It was a time in history when actually the court of what we'd term the British court was actually in France hence why Richard the Lionheart (Richard Coeur de Lion) strove to do what many did back then. It was the time of the Templars and Crusades. It was a time of chivalry and the stuff that tales of the Holy Grail were made of. Of course there had to be a way to provide funds for his endeavors and a lot of it came from heavy taxation of the serfs working his lands back home. He was more involved in going into battle in the Crusades more so than what we'd see today as being an actual King and being available in England. I can see why a lot of folks back home would be grumbling. The nobles went to the crusades and the peasants/serfs were left to work to fund it all with an absentee King.

I'm NO way an expert on this but I do like the medieval times. To me, it seemed like the church came first. They were the main powers that be back then. Holy Roman Empire and all.

I'm sure there is a lot more information from our historians here that can fill in the gaps.
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I have seen on this board that some posters have a low opinion of the first King Richard and I wonder why. The only thing I know about Richard is crusades, he was his mothers favorite, and Robin Hood. Was Richard a good king or nay? Was John better or just as bad?
Well, he only spent about six months of his ten-year reign in England - when he was crowned, and when he needed to ask Parliament for money. His Queen, Berenguela of Navarre, never set foot in England at all. England was just a small piece of his empire, and he much preferred Aquitaine when he was "at home."
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Richard only considered England his cash cow to fund his crusades, so heavily taxed his people. As was mentioned upthread, he was a warrior first so spent the majority of his life on the battlefields.
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Well, he only spent about six months of his ten-year reign in England - when he was crowned, and when he needed to ask Parliament for money. His Queen, Berenguela of Navarre, never set foot in England at all. England was just a small piece of his empire, and he much preferred Aquitaine when he was "at home."
I'm sorry but I don't think that makes someone necessarily a bad king. If he indeed had an empire to fun then I don't fault him for not putting a lot of focus on the small parts of it. If that is his greatest crime than he is better than a few kings who spent all their time in England.
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He sent England bankrupt to fund wars that didn't benefit England, or any other part of his empire but to stroke his own ego. He was selfish and totally uncaring about the pain and suffering he caused.
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Well, he only spent about six months of his ten-year reign in England - when he was crowned, and when he needed to ask Parliament for money. His Queen, Berenguela of Navarre, never set foot in England at all. England was just a small piece of his empire, and he much preferred Aquitaine when he was "at home."
His Queen,Berengaria of Navarre was very much a neglected wife during Richards life and was very much eclipsed by Richards mother and sister Joan.After Richards death,her brother in law King John treated her very badly and rarely paid her pensions.
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Sharon Kay Penman's sequel to Lionheart, A King's Ransom, will be released on March 4. I cannot wait!

A King's Ransom: Sharon Kay Penman: 9780399159220: Amazon.com: Books
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The Face of Berengaria of Navarre

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Fascinating, An Ard Ri. Thank you.
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Richard I's mother, Queen Eleanor referred to her daughter-in-law as "Queen Berengaria" without adding the affectionate "dilectissima" or "carissima" appended to the names of her daughters.
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The Lionheart died on this day,6th of April 1199.Tomb effigy of Richard I from Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou, France.

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