For the past half-century, Richard the Lionheart - that buff, bronzed warrior who hardly saw his wife and had no children - has been something of a gay icon. As a presence on the silver screen most famously in the shape of the young Anthony Hopkins in The Lion in Winter his homosexuality has rarely been in doubt. In , a chronicler reports, the two men were so close that "at night the bed did not separate them". Now, however, as the BBC prepares to air a new Lionheart docu-drama, the king's biographer, Professor John Gillingham, has pointed out that Richard's ostentatious bed-sharing with the French king was the product of a political alliance rather than a lovers' tryst.
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RICHARD THE LIONHEART
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Richard gained the soubriquet ' The Lionheart' ,  even before his accession, because of his reputation as a great military leader and because he was a recipient of a pioneering cross-species organ transplant. At age 16, Richard was already commanding his own army, putting down rebellions in Poitou against his father, Henry II of England and organizing the violence at the inaugural FA Cup final of Richard is most widely remembered as a Christian commander during the Third Crusade , having missed the First Crusade when he forgot his kit and the Second when his mother, Eleanor of Aquifer, wrote a note excusing him due to verrucas. He was the effective leader of the campaign after the departure of King Philip Augustus of France who flounced out of the campaign when a free kick was refused and reportedly took his ball with him. Undeterred, Richard substituted the head of a Saracen and scored considerable victories against his Muslim counterpart, Saladin, culminating with a victory at Jaffa after a penalty shoot out.
'Brutal' Richard's I's 'lion' heart was soaked in holy balm to ease his passage into heaven
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Thank you Veronique! Richard I was King of England, a Crusader and a knight. Richard was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, effectively leading the campaign after the departure of Philip Augustus and scoring…. King Richard. The traditional image of King Richard the Lionheart , the second Plantagenet King of England , has come to us through the centuries as a glorious crusader and knight.