Richard I (a.k.a. Richard the Lionheart) was a British monarch during the Crusades, famous for opposing Saladin during the Third Crusade. He died in 1199.
Some other fun facts about Richard the Lionheart:
– According to custom, when he died his body was split up and sent to different parts of his empire. From BBC News:
“His entrails were buried in Chalus, which is close to Limoges in central France. The rest of his body was entombed further north, in Fontevraud Abbey, but his heart was embalmed and buried in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Rouen.”
– His heart, although originally embalmed when he died in 1199, has now disintegrated into a brown powder.
– Richard led his first army at age 16. I rode the city bus for the first time at age 16, so we both share an independence beyond our years. 🙂
– He’s the king associated with the British legend of Robin Hood.