Why Richard l.There is a bloody great big statue of Richard 1 outside the houses of parliament in westminster.
WHY WHY WHY????????????????????????????
Richard spent no more than six months of his ten year rule in England. He spoke no English. He married a cypriot princess He went on a crusade to win back Jerusalem for the christian world WHICH HE FAILED TO DO but in the process he bankrupted this country.
His father Henry ll had been a great king who had held England, Normandy, Aquitaine, Gascony, Anjou and other french provinces (more than half of modern France) and had kept peace in England for his entire reign. He also laid the foundations of the judicial system that we still recognise.
So why is there a statue to a king who never did a single thing for this country when his father had been a so much greater king who actually achieved a lasting legacy?
I'll tell you why, bloody religion. Richard went on his futile crusade and gained favour with the pope (Popes have always been a pain in the arse to this country) Henry was implicated in the murder of Thomas Becket (the archbishop of canteerbury) who was a self serving, money grabbing, two faced catholic
So when the time came for the pious Victorians to choose an English monarch to erect a statue to, they chose the 'courageous, brilliant soldier, (but dreadful king), beloved of popes and churchmen, Richard the lion heart'. A man of little worth as king to this country.
AlmostAristotle 61-65, M 22 Responses 5 Feb 12, 2011