Monday, April 06, 2009
Today in History, Richard I "Richard the Lion Heart"
Richard I died on Tuesday, 6 April 1199 in the arms of his mother from an infection after removing an arrow from his shoulder. Son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, house of Plantagenet. In a time of bitter rivals, long standing feuds, and crusades. In a weird twist of fate a young boy had shot him while he was walking in the castle grounds. He pardoned the boy because he said that King Richard had killed the his father and two brothers. The king gave him money and sent him on his way. After he died his captain Mercadier found the boy and murdered him for the loss of the king. I soon will be getting more into this era with Eleanor of Aquitaine by Ralph Turner as soon as it comes out.