Episode #51- How Lionhearted was Richard? (Part I)

There are few English kings as legendary as Richard the Lionheart. In Robin Hood stories he was portrayed as the ultimate “good King”. For the Victorians he represented everything that was noble about England’s medieval past. However, Richard’s reputation among historians is considerably less glamorous. Was Richard really the second coming of King Arthur, or was he something far more sinister? Tune in and find out how scammer monks, the court of love, and the kiss of death, all play a role in the story.

The red stuff on this Map belonged to Eleanor and Henry II

This is the “super-state” created by Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine’s marriage.

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Nicole Martin, Digital and Media Correspondent. “Richard I Slept with French King ‘but Not Gay’.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 18 Mar. 2008, www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582009/Richard-I-slept-with-French-king-but-not-gay.html.

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