Richard Lionheart is crowned at Westminster (September 3, 1189) - History Key

Richard Lionheart is crowned at Westminster (September 3, 1189)

Richard I of England, called Richard Lionheart, spent most of his life on the battlefield. His first “victim” was his own father, Henry II of England, when the Young King instigated rebellion against him. He continued to follow the throne aggressively until 1189 when his father died.

Richard I the Lionheart
Richard I the Lionheart © Image Source: thoughtco.com

Even on the day of his crowning, on September 3, 1189, it was bloodshed when at the Westminster Abbey some Jews made their appearance. They brought him gifts, although the new king had forbidden them to take part in the event. Therefore, Richard ordered the killing of all Jews who dared to break his word.

Imaginary encounter between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, 13th-century manuscript
Imaginary encounter between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, 13th-century manuscript © Image Source: Wikipedia

In this article we will write a few interesting facts about Richard Lionheart that you (probably) didn’t know. Let’s start.

      During his 10-years reign, Richard spent about six months in England.

      He bankrupted England because of his aim to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslim forces.

      He was captured on his way back from the Third Crusade by Leopold V, Duke of Austria. Eventually Richard was released after his country paid 100,000 pounds of silver.

      Richard was injured by a crossbow during the battle at the castle of Chalus in France, 1199. He forgave the person who injured him by saying: “Live on, and by my bounty behold the light of the day”. In 2013 it was confirmed that he died because of the injury.

      His heart is buried at Rouen Cathedral.

Tomb containing the heart of King Richard at Rouen Cathedral
Tomb containing the heart of King Richard at Rouen Cathedral © Image Source: Wikipedia

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