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18th November 1189. Coer de Lion.

In the short reign of Richard I, when not fighting abroad, he found time to grant certain freedoms to towns, in exchange for financing the Crusades. 547 more words


The Lord Mayor (of the City of London)’s Show

Richard I appointed the  first (Lord) Mayor of London, Henry Fitz-Ailwyn de Londonestone, in effect to run the City,  in 1189; and John granted the City the right to elect its own Mayor in 1215 (the “Mayoral Charter” is now in the Guildhall Heritage Gallery).  201 more words

Ceremonial London

Robert S.P. Fripp's "Power of a Woman"

Eleanor of Aquitaine was the daughter of a provincial Duke in France. Twice she married Kings and had many children, although she outlived most of them and several grandchildren, living into her ninth decade, suffering annulment and internal exile. 63 more words

Book Reviews

British monarchs defined by their nicknames

A nickname is “a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name” (Oxford English Dictionary… 373 more words


September 8 in history

70  Roman forces under Titus sacked Jerusalem.

1151 King Richard I of England, was born (d. 1199).

1264  The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving  767 more words


The Coronation of Richard I, and the Anti-Semitic Riot that followed (1189)

The  Duke of Normandy  was formally crowned King Richard I at Westminster Abbey on this day in 1189.  According to one account, which now  resides in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the coronation ceremony was accompanied by “evil omens”, including the presence of a  bat fluttering around the king’s head during the crowning, and the mysterious pealing of bells.  300 more words

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