Richard I (Plantagenet) of England

Richard (Plantagenet) of England (1157 - 1199)

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Richard (Richard I) "Coeur de Lion (the Lionheart) King of England" of England formerly Plantagenet
Born in Beaumont Palace, Oxford, Oxford, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in , Limassol, Limassol, Cyprusmap
Died in Chalus, Haute Vienne, Francemap
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Categories: Third Crusade | This Day In History April 06 | This Day In History September 08 | Siege of Acre 1189-1191 | House of Plantagenet.

The House of Plantagenet crest.
Richard I (Plantagenet) of England is a member of the House of Plantagenet.
Preceded by
Henry II
King of England
6 Jul 1189 – 6 Apr 1199
Succeeded by



Richard "Lionheart" I of England

  • duke of Normandy
  • 1172: Duc d'Aquitaine
  • King Richard I of England on 6 July 1189, crowned 3 September 1189 at Westminster Abbey; styled 'Rex Anglaie, Dux Normanniae et Aquitainaie et Comes Andegavaie'.


Richard I "Lionheart" OR Coeur de Lion[1] [2] was the son of Henry II 'Curtmantle', King of the English, Duke of the Normans and Aquitanians and Count of the Angevins, and his wife, Eleanorof Aquitaine.

b. 08 Sep 1157: Beaumont Palace, Oxford[1]
d. 06 Apr 1199 Chalus, Aquitaine (age 41)[1]
burial: Fontevrault Abbey, Anjou[1]

Additional notes on the death and burial of King Richard I. (Royal Tombs of Medieval England) He was on campaign in Chaluz (Chalus - presently located in the Limousin region of France) when he was wounded by a cross-bow bolt resulting in his death by blood poisoning. The king's viscera (entrails) were buried locally and his body at Fontevrault, almost 100 miles away, but his heart was buried separately in Rouen Cathedral. This is the first recorded example of a separate royal heart burial, and it appears to have been instructed by Richard himself in recognition of the loyalty of his Norman subjects.

Note on Fontevrault Abbey. Known formally as the Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud (or Fonterault) (in French: abbaye de Fonteraud). It was built in the early 12th century and was then located in what was known as the Angevin Empire. Henry II, King of England, his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son, King Richard the Lionheart, were buried here in the end of the 12th century. It was disestablished as a monastery during the French Revolution of the 1790s during which time the royal tombs were disturbed.

Notes on the heart burial of Richard I in Rouen Cathedral. (Royal Tombs of Medieval England) Richard I's heart tomb at Rouen stood south of the high altar, and was enclosed by a 'balustrade of silver,' which was melted down in 1250 to help pay the ransom of Louis IX. It was replaced by a stone effigy, which appears in17th century drawings showing the main figure with a pillow headrest and lion footrest, and lying on a flat slab supported by four lions. The effigy disappeared sometime after the 1780s and in 1838 an effigy was unearthed south of the Sanctuary together with a lead casket containing the remains of the king's heart. This was identified by an inscription on silver leaf, suggesting the effigy was his. In 1869 Richard's effigy was restored to the south ambulatory together with a tomb-chest, later replaced by a plain plinth.


m. Berengaria (c.1162-aft.1230) dau. Sancho VI, king of Navarre[1] on 12 May 1911 at Limassol, Cyprus, while Richard was on Crusade. They had no children.

Illegitimate Children[1]

  • Child of Richard I 'Coeur de Lion', King of England and Joan de St. Pol Fulk (?)
  • Philip, Lord de Cognac died after 1201

Richard spent his youth in France training as soldier and later fought his father, Henry II.

During the Crusade he captured Cyprus. On way home he was taken prisoner in Austria and held ransom. There is a legend that his faithful minstrel Blondel went from castle to castle strumming the notes of his master's favorite melody. Upon reaching the King's prison he was delighted to hear the response from his master's harp. Richard spent only two short periods of his reign in England, the rest of time he was away on Crusades or in France.


  • Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. I p. 31
  • Royal Tombs of Medieval England M. Duffy 2003 p. 22, 57-60
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 : Ashley, Mike (2008). A Brief History of British Kings and Queens. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press Book Publishers. Print.
  2. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 64-65; C.F.J. Hankinson, editor, DeBretts Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 147th year (London, U.K.: Odhams Press, 1949), page 20; Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995).

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