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Richard the Lionheart You might have heard of King Richard-the Lionhearted, the "good king" in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this twelfth-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince Richard the Lionheart You might have heard of King Richard-the Lionhearted, the "good king" in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this twelfth-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince John? Have you heard tales of Richard not only as a missing king but as a leader who rode boldly into battle alongside his knights? Inside you will read about... - From Aquitaine to King of England - Beginnings of a Crusade - The Way to Palestine - Sea Battles and Sieges - A Captive King - The Last Five Years And much more! In this book, you'll learn the actual story of King Richard, a king who may not have been exactly "good," but was certainly brave, charismatic, and dashing-a historical character with a story to remember.


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Richard the Lionheart You might have heard of King Richard-the Lionhearted, the "good king" in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this twelfth-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince Richard the Lionheart You might have heard of King Richard-the Lionhearted, the "good king" in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this twelfth-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince John? Have you heard tales of Richard not only as a missing king but as a leader who rode boldly into battle alongside his knights? Inside you will read about... - From Aquitaine to King of England - Beginnings of a Crusade - The Way to Palestine - Sea Battles and Sieges - A Captive King - The Last Five Years And much more! In this book, you'll learn the actual story of King Richard, a king who may not have been exactly "good," but was certainly brave, charismatic, and dashing-a historical character with a story to remember.

30 review for Richard the Lionheart: A Life From Beginning to End (Royalty Biography Book 8)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    This narration about the legendary Richard is a fascinating one. Hourly History does justice to his crusades as well as the internal feuds that marked these historic campaigns. Makes for an interesting read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Young Kim

    King Rich'ard I: Despite the people/ popul'ar image of Richard as a good king, the act'ual account of his life might surprise many readers. Although he's been renowned as a good king of England, Richard I was actually absent all throughout his reign as the English King, and he never even learned to speak English of the time as he spent most of his childhood in his mother's hometown in Southern France. His real interest was to hold the lands and titles in France and in Palestine. Besides, his Christ King Rich'ard I: Despite the people/ popul'ar image of Richard as a good king, the act'ual account of his life might surprise many readers. Although he's been renowned as a good king of England, Richard I was actually absent all throughout his reign as the English King, and he never even learned to speak English of the time as he spent most of his childhood in his mother's hometown in Southern France. His real interest was to hold the lands and titles in France and in Palestine. Besides, his Christian Crusaders definitely showed serious di-vis'ion among themselves, and no wonder their campaign was meant to fail after all. (Kindle Ed., locations 60-61) ...His native tongue was the dialect of French spoken in Poitou... (Kindle Ed., locations 142-143) ...Richard used this time to consolidate his power in the south of France and build alliances there, slowly working to move his center of government from Normandy, in the north, to Aquitaine... (Kindle Ed., Locations 429-431) ...Much of the remaining five years of Richard's reign would be spent going back and forth in fighting and negotiations with Philip. Richard would never again return to England--the land that he ruled as sovereign, but which was not truly his home...Money continued to be a problem during Richard's reign. Perhaps this is part of the reason why, in 1199, when a peasant discovered buried treasure on one of Richard's lands, it spurred Richard to respond with military might. The peasant's lord, Achrad, had claimed the treasure for himself...Richard marched to meet the viscount at the castle of Chalus and began a siege. Always part of the fray, Richard rode too close to the walls of the castle on March 26. A bolt from a crossbow jolted into the king's shoulder...infection soon set in. (Kindle Ed., Locations 450-451) ...Richard's kingdom was left behind, over-taxed and neglected... According to this book Richard King must have killed more Christians than Muslims and had more enemies among Christians than Muslims. It sounds like he wasn't really trusted by his fellow Christians of his time, but was more famed among the Muslims as a brilliant an/ en-emy/ ami (not-friend) military leader. Anyways he didn't have friends after all. This book is another good example why people who read hi'story prevail those who only like to watch shows on TV. Don't you ever feel frustrated reading and answering comments on #SNS? We never know we are ignorant making arguments based on craps we pick up from shows on screen we want to believe are knowledge. These images we get from screen now rule the world creating more and more confusions and misunderstandings. I hope we really start reading and learn or at least stay quiet for the sake of our world if we don't want to read. And kudos to all who have opened and read this book ♡

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    When I think of King Richard I, I picture a grey-bearded Sean Connery majestically arriving just in the nick of time to save England from his evil younger brother, King John. In reality, the story, as the times, was much more bizarre than one could imagine. Richard was born on September 8, 1157, in Beaumont Palace, Oxford, as the third of five brothers. His parents were King Henry II (1133-1189) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204). He spent most of his youth in his mother’s court in France. As i When I think of King Richard I, I picture a grey-bearded Sean Connery majestically arriving just in the nick of time to save England from his evil younger brother, King John. In reality, the story, as the times, was much more bizarre than one could imagine. Richard was born on September 8, 1157, in Beaumont Palace, Oxford, as the third of five brothers. His parents were King Henry II (1133-1189) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204). He spent most of his youth in his mother’s court in France. As is often the case (especially during the turbulent and uncertain times of the Middle Ages) Richard’s two older male siblings died, leaving him as the heir apparent to the English throne. I was fascinated to read about the inner-family intrigues and conflicts for both real and perceived power. Maybe even more remarkable, was the ease in which transgressions (sometimes nothing short of high treason) were forgiven. When news of Saladin’s attack on Palestine reached Richard, he didn’t hesitate to join in the Third Crusade and vanquish every member of the Ayyabid Dynasty from the Holy Lands. In the ten years that King Richard I ruled, he spent a scant year on English soil. Why a newly crowned king would lead a crusade so far away from home is a mystery to me. That he would finance, supply, and man such a commitment I can fathom but to personally lead it is ludicrous. I’m sure he could have found enough capable minions to lead the Knights and soldiers into battle, leaving him to care for his kingdom. This apparently wasn’t the way of Richard the Lionheart, adding more color and excitement to the House of Plantagenet and his legend and questions for historians.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I wanted something really quick to read for NF book group theme: biography of British royalty. I decided to go shallow and read a couple of these hourly history books to get a sense of a couple of kings who I didn’t know much about. This didn’t take long and gave a decent overview with a little bit of detail and background but not too much. I didn’t care enough to want to really understand medieval politics, but there was enough that the story of Richard mostly made sense. There were some annoyin I wanted something really quick to read for NF book group theme: biography of British royalty. I decided to go shallow and read a couple of these hourly history books to get a sense of a couple of kings who I didn’t know much about. This didn’t take long and gave a decent overview with a little bit of detail and background but not too much. I didn’t care enough to want to really understand medieval politics, but there was enough that the story of Richard mostly made sense. There were some annoying editing mistakes (the wrong word or spelling, not many, but pretty glaring) and at times the writing was pretty poor. But for the most part this seemed to be on par with a good Wikipedia article or children’s book - ideally I will read a Wikipedia article about Richard to compare before book group to see if I’m right about that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maggies Daisy

    King Richard is best known for his role in the tale of Robin Hood. But do you know anything else about King Richard? One of my favorite subjects is history and these short novels by Hourly History are perfect as a starting point into the lives of historical figures that have shaped our world. Has our society learned anything from history? In my own opinion, we have not. Power changes people and not always in a good manner. But we all have to start somewhere and reading about history is a good st King Richard is best known for his role in the tale of Robin Hood. But do you know anything else about King Richard? One of my favorite subjects is history and these short novels by Hourly History are perfect as a starting point into the lives of historical figures that have shaped our world. Has our society learned anything from history? In my own opinion, we have not. Power changes people and not always in a good manner. But we all have to start somewhere and reading about history is a good start to learning how to live today.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BRENDA G COX

    Informative I knew very little about Richard the Lionheart before reading this book and found it quite interested. Basically Richard held the title of king but spent most of his life being commanded in chief instead. The duties of ruling his kingdom he left to others so he could become a crusader.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julian Orozco, Jr.

    Richard the Lionheart King Richard has always sparked a curiosity in me. As they say, the man, the myth, the legend... this little book has an adequate amount of information about King Richard. This read gives one an idea why he received the epithet Richard the Lionheart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kamal Majeed

    Great story of the 3rd crusade legend an enjoyable read Great story of the 3rd crusade legend Well organized timeline enjoy going back 800 years I wish he succeeded in capturing the holy land

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danna Merritt

    A disappointment A very superficial depiction of Richard and his legacy. I was really disappointed in this book. I suppose if you want a taste of Richard the lion hearted this is just that, a taste......barely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J Bel

    This is one of better books in the Hourly History series. It covers the high points of Richard's life accurately as well as concisely. I read Hourly History as a refresher for coursework and books I read many years ago and this monograph more than fit the bill.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eugene VANDELSEN

    Great Man deserves a great story! Short, maybe, but we'll worth reading. To all those who are interested in history but don't have much time to read, this is the ideal way. Do believe me!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam McCallister

    Great book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sekhar N Banerjee

    Exceedingly short narration Worst book on King Richard, I have come across. Grade school history books possibly tell more than this author has presented.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob Kenyon

    An interesting short read about a king who loved to fight.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    An interest unraveling of truth from legend. I learned quite a lot. I never realized how absent from England this king had been.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Anne Gentle

    Good history Like most history buffs I enjoy the facts and details of those before me. I enjoyed this history lesson. And would recommend it to all other history buffs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    jeannette t spencer

    History told Written in a form that allowed a reader to visualize the events, people & geography. It was eady to read with the flow of the historical context. History told Written in a form that allowed a reader to visualize the events, people & geography. It was eady to read with the flow of the historical context.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Richard the Lionhearted This gave just enough information to familiarize me with his life. I have read other longer books, and found that the details of his life can be overwhelming. This was well written and gave just enough detail that it wasn’t taxing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Neil S

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa V. Munoz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  22. 4 out of 5

    K A PARROTT

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Green

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jovany Agathe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Kaban

  28. 5 out of 5

    Richard Carozza

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter Luce

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suvobrata Ganguly

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