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26/10/2008

Richard I, Cœur de Lion, King of England



These are two photos of the bronze equestrian statue of Richard I brandishing his sword (by Carlo Marochetti, standing outside the Palace of Westminster in London).
Richard Cœur de Lion (1157-1199) was King of England from 1189 until his death; his brain was buried at the abbey of Charroux in Poitou (France), his heart was buried at Rouen in Normandy (France), and the rest of his body was buried at the feet of his father at Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou (France).
While he spoke very little English and spent very little time in his Kingdom, preferring to use it as a source of revenue to support his armies, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects. He remains one of the very few Kings of England remembered by his epithet, not number, and is an enduring, iconic figure in England.
This is during the Battle of Gisors (sometimes called Courcelles) in 1198 that Richard took "
Dieu et mon droit" — "God and my Right" — as his motto (still used by the British monarchy today) and a denial of his fealty to the King of France, that he owed his kingdom — and Normandy, Aquitaine and Anjou— to God and his right alone.

1 comment:

evelyn said...

hello!

history was one of favorite subjects back in college. i think it's nice to read something about the King of England :)

cheers!