Friday, 5 August 2011
Richard the Lionheart
In central France, somewhere south of Limoges, there is a tourist route called after Richard the Lionheart, or Richard, Coeur de Lion, as he is known in France It wouldn't surprise me too much to hear there are other routes named after him but this castle at Chalusset is on the one near Limoges.
The route is hopelessly confusing because on it you can find Chalusset sometimes spelled Chalucet, and two other castles called Chalus-Chabrol and Chalus-Maulmont. They all are considered to have some connection with Richard but in reality Chalus-Chabrol has the strongest claim, being the place where he died from a crossbow wound in 1199.
Richard, I feel, had poor PR. He was considered a bad king "and didn't even speak English". Well, no. He wouldn't. He was raised in France by his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, with little expectation of ever being anything other than the Duke of Aquitaine.
But I haven't the time to go into his life story here, you will be relieved to hear. I will leave you with the link to Postcard Friendship Friday, on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.