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Was Richard I's imprisonment by Leopold of Austria justified?

The Middle Ages was not particularly known for being a civil and orderly period. Leopold V had no authority of any kind to arrest Richard I. He did it simply because he wanted to, and could. The ...
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How did Richard I sail through the strait of Gibraltar?

The groundwork that allowed the use of the strait by the crusaders began much earlier than 1190, and has as much to do with other political and military developments around the Iberian peninsula than ...
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How did Richard I sail through the strait of Gibraltar?

Saladin was actually at war with the Almohads. The latter were probably pleased to see the crusaders arrive on the scene. There is a good article on this by A. Baadj in "Al-Qanṭara", 2013, pp. 276-...
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Anthropophagy perpetrated by crusaders?

That 14th century passage of Richard eating Saracens is fictitious, for reasons @T.E.D. has gone into. Richard Coer de Lyon is a romance, not history. In this story, King Richard first became a ...
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Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?

I believe Saladin showed kindness to Richard the Lionheart not because of religion or to spy, though that is a distinct possibility, but because of Saladin's respect towards Richard, even though they ...
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Anthropophagy perpetrated by crusaders?

As this was the height of the Middle Ages, our sources for these kinds of things quite frankly stink. The legend about King Richard seems to come from a "ballad-chronicle". They were sort of the ...
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How did Richard I sail through the strait of Gibraltar?

At this point in history the Northern European galleys were much faster and seaworthy than anything the Arabs were building. Also, in arms the Northern Europeans had caught up with the Arabs, and ...
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What and who killed Richard the Lionheart and what happened to him?

Gangrene According to HistoryUK and most other conventional history you will find on the internet, Richard the Lionheart died of a gangrene infection caused by being shot in the shoulder by a crossbow ...
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What gift did Saladin send to Richard when he was ill?

In his book The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge states that Angevin envoys requested "fruit and ice" from Saladin when Richard I was ill.
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How did Richard I sail through the strait of Gibraltar?

Excellent article explaining the timeline, each crusade and the complex relationship between Saladin and the Berberic Empire: The crusades were a series of holy wars called by popes with the promise ...
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