Lionheart of stone: the medieval statue debate

Simon John considers whether we need to include medieval figures such as Richard the Lionheart in discussions around historical statues

Statue of Richard the Lionheart outside the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. (Photo by Dreamstime)

The past few months have seen vigorous debates about the future of statues to contested historical figures, typically related to the colonial era and the Confederacy. In this episode, historian Simon John considers whether we need to broaden the discussion out to include the medieval era and in particular the violent actions of the 12th-century English king Richard the Lionheart.


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