Richard I of England

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Richard I King of England 1189 to 1199

Often referred to as Richard the Lion Hearted he was considered a hero in his day and has often been portrayed as one in works of literature. In fact he did little for England, using the Kingdom's resources to support his crusades in the Holy Land.

One of King Henry II's feuding sons, Richard was the eldest when the old King died. Leaving the country in the hands of his less than competent brother John, Richard spent only a small fraction of his reign in England being far more concerned with his possesions in France and his battles in Palestine.