Richard I of England
|Richard I "the Lionheart"|
|King of the English; Lord of Ireland|
|Reign||6 July 1189 – 6 April 1199|
|Coronation||3 September 1189|
|Predecessor||Henry II "Curtmantle"|
|Regent||Queen Eleanor; William Longchamp, Bishop of Ely (Third Crusade)|
|Spouse||Berengaria of Navarre|
|House||House of Plantagenet|
|Father||Henry II "Curtmantle"|
|Mother||Eleanor of Aquitaine|
|Born||8 September 1157
Beaumont Palace, Oxford
|Died||6 April 1199 (aged 41)
|Burial||Fontevraud Abbey, France|
Richard I of England (September 8, 1157 – April 6, 1199) was the king of England from 1189 to 1199. He is sometimes called Richard the Lionheart. Richard was the son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. In 1168 he became Duke of Aquitaine. He was one of the leaders of the Third Crusade against Saladin, which never actually succeeded. During his journey, he conquered Sicily and Cyprus. He fought in the Battle of Acre and the Battle of Arsuf. In the end, as he was unable to win back Jerusalem from the Muslims, he decided to return back home to England. On his way back from the Crusade, Richard was captured by the Germans and the English people had to pay a huge ransom to set him free. He was considered a very brave and king, but he did not spend a lot of time in England - only sixth months of his eleven year reign were spent in his country.
He died after being shot with a crossbow during a siege on a castle. His remains were buried at different places. His body was buried at Fontevraud Abbey near Saumur in France, as are his father and mother. His internal organs were buried at Chalus, near Limoges in central France. His heart was buried in the Notre Dame Cathedral at Rouen. It was found in 1838 and was examined by scientists in 2012. They did tests for poisons, as one medieval story claimed Richard had died from a poisoned arrow. There is no evidence to support this idea, and he probably died from gangrene or septicaemia from the arrow wound.
- Morelle, Rebecca (28 February 2013). "Richard the Lionheart's mummified heart analysed". bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21609783. Retrieved 1 March 2013.