Richard I (Penguin Monarchs) : The Crusader King
by Thomas Asbridge
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Richard I rule, both controversial and apparently contradictoryOne of England’s most famous of the Middle Ages, kings and a powerful symbol of national identity, he barely spent six months on English soil during one to ten years of rule, and spoke French as his first language.Contemporaries nicknamed it the “lion’s heart”, carefully reflecting cultivated reputation for bravery, prowess and knights of virtue, but this alleged parangon of chivalry slaughtered nearly 3,000 prisoners of cold blood on a single dayAnd, if worshipped as Europe’s greatest Crusader Christian, his great campaign for the Holy Land failed to recover the city of Jerusalem from Islam.Seeking to reconcile these contradictions in the evidence, Thomas Asbridge’s incisive re-evaluation of Richard’s incisive career ier of whether the lion’s heart really did neglect his kingdom, considers why he dedicates himself to the cause of holy war and wonders how the memory of his life came to be intertwined with the mythRichard appears as a formidable warrior-king, martial genius possession and intellectual culture, still influenced by the legacy of his dynasty dysfunction and obsessed with the pursuit of honor and reputation.
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