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Richard the Lionheart

On this day in 1157, the future king Richard I of England (also known as Richard the Lionheart) was born. He was the son of King Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Technically he wasn't supposed to be king, he had two older brothers, William and Henry. William died at the age of 3, but Henry survived infancy and was known as "The Young King", until he died in a campaign against Richard and their father.

Team Richard I by The Creative Historian

Richard has traditionally been remembered as one of England's best kings, but in reality he somply used the country to fund his many military campaigns and left it in a terrible financial position when he died.

Have a nice day everyone!


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