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Richard the Lionheart Hardcover – December, 1978
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The killings at Acre were brutal in today's world but not for that period of history. From what I have read and studied Saladin did not feel any particular resentment for what Richard had done. In fact after their many battles this is what he felt toward his enemy "Saladin in turn stated that there was not a more honorable Christian lord than Richard. After the treaty, Saladin and Richard sent each other many gifts as tokens of respect, but never met face to face"
The other reviewer stated that Gillingham spent alot of time dispelling Richard homesexuality I think he needed to spend the time on this subject. There is never a mention of Richard's homesexual lifestyle until 700 plus years after his death? Sadly I think too many authors today try to come up with new angles on well written people and throw homesexuality into their books to create a sensation and sales.
Arranged marriages were a major diplomatic strategy in the 1100’s and Richard was related to half the nobility of Europe. It is the relationship with his father Henry II and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine that sets the stage for his military and diplomatic successes. Richard knew when to charm and when to overpower. During this period of history, dominance of the local nobility and obtaining the wealth of subjects was a major method of empire building. Richard learns from his father Henry II the importance of keeping scores of local nobles under this thumb as a source of income. However this also means countless rebellions that require constant warfare to continue to suppress ever expanding territory and continually forcing the allegiance of those who have been subdued.
The first section of the biography relates many of these continued military encounters and the antagonisms between Henry II and Louis II of France. Interestingly, these antagonisms continue with Henry’s son Richard and Louis’ son Phillip. Alliances shift with the blink of an eye during this period.
The Third Crusade, of which Richard was the primary leader, is a perfect example that the resources needed to win are often overshadowed by the resources needed to sustain the win. This was certainly the case of Richard’s experience in Syria and the Holy Lands as he tries to regain Jerusalem from the Moslems.Read more ›
I was let down BUT it is not the authors fault.
It seems there is very little know about Richard the Lionheart.
I do believe the author did the best he could with the available data.
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Very thorough, and a great tale! Gives a very clear portrait of the man and the times. Couldn't ask for more.Published on April 22, 2013 by Rebecca Morrison-Peck
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