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Medieval Facts & Myths: Was King Richard really a Lionheart?

In Hollywood, he's been called "Richard of The Third Reel" because the noble Lionheart always appears at the end of nearly every Robin Hood film acknowledging the virtue of the rogue of Sherwood Forest.

But In reality, King Richard was far from noble.

As a young man, Prince Richard took part in a rebellion against his father, King Henry II.

As a king, Richard was an absentee monarch who drained the nation’s treasury for his crusade to the holy land and wars of glory in France.

Richard's biggest historical coup was getting the moniker Lionheart, a name he earned for legitimate military prowess. That sobriquet, however, created the myth of Richard as a wise and noble king.

But outside the public imagination fed by the Robin Hood legend, Richard I was one of England's least responsible monarchs.

In KING ROBIN, Richard is a crafty mentor to protagonist Robert Webber (who will one day be known as Robin Hood… and eventually become a king himself.)


Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss from Beck and Branch Publishers. LEARN MORE or ORDER NOW



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