Richard the Lionheart : the crusader king of England / W. B. Bartlett.

Bartlett, W. B., author.
Gloucestershire : Amberley Publishing, 2018.
[viii], 408, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Norman Conquest to Late Medieval (1066-1485).
Kings and rulers.
Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199.
Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Richard I, 1189-1199.
Great Britain.
Local subjects:
Richard I King of England 1157-1199.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Richard I, 1189-1199.
"Whilst Richard I is one of medieval England's most famous kings, he is also the most controversial. He has variously been considered a great warrior but a poor king, a man driven by the quest for fame and glory but also lacking in self-discipline and prone to throwing away the short-term advantages that his military successes brought him. In this reassessment W. B. Bartlett looks at his deeds and achievements in a new light. The result is a compelling new portrait of `the Lionheart' which shows that the king is every bit as remarkable as his medieval contemporaries found him to be. This includes his Muslim enemies, who spoke of him as their most dangerous and gallant opponent. It shows him to be a man badly let down by some of those around him, especially his brother John and the duplicitous French king Philip. The foibles of his character are also exposed to the full, including his complicated relationships with the key women in his life, especially the imposing contemporary figure of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his wife, Berengaria, with whom he failed to produce an heir, leading to later suggestions of homosexuality. This is a new Richard, one for the twenty-first century, and a re-evaluation of the life story of one of the greatest personalities of medieval Europe."--Dust jacket.
The third nesting (1157-1167)
The winter of discontent (1168-1176)
A family at war (1177-1183)
Crisis (1184-1188)
The bitter inheritance (1188-1189)
Long live the King (1189-1190)
The Crusade departs (1190)
Mayhem and matrimony : the journey begins (1190-1191)
The taking of Cyprus (1191)
High-water mark : the Siege of Acre (1191)
Arsuf (1191)
Facing up to reality (1191)
The forlorn hope (1191-1192)
The end of the dream (1192)
Betrayal (1192-1193)
The long road to freedom (1193-1194)
The return of the King (1194-1195)
A never-ending war (1195-1198)
Last rites (1198-1199).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 390-393) and index.
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