Richard the Lionheart

Richard I (1157-1199) – aka Richard the Lionheart – was one of the greatest warrior-kings of the Middle Ages. Son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard is best remembered for battling Saladin during the Crusades and for rebelling against his father, Henry II (1133-1189). At the age of nine, Prince Richard was betrothed to 9-year-old Princess Alais, daughter of the French King Louis VII. Richard I spent the majority of his life at war and died on 6 April 1199 during the siege of Chalus. Here we bring you the facts and ask: did Richard the Lionheart ever meet the legendary Robin Hood, as the 1973 Disney film suggests?

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