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King Richard I

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The Resume

    (September 8, 1157-April 6, 1199)
    King of England (Plantagenet line: 1157-1199)
    Known as 'Richard the Lion-Hearted'
    Ruled from 1189-1199
    Born at Beaumont Palace, Oxford
    Son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane
    Brother of John Lackland
    Spent childhood at mother's court
    Fought with Philip II of France against his father Henry in 1188
    Crowned on September 2, 1189
    Prolific crusader
    Conquered Cyprus in 1191
    Returned to England to find Philip II had seized power with John
    Defeated Philip in 1198
    Died of a minor wound from a skirmish in Aquitane

Why he might be annoying:

    He was the king of England, but for all intents and purposes a Frenchman.
    Even his native language was French, not English.
    He ruled England for ten years, yet spent only six months there.
    Had he been at home rather than off on crusades, his brother John could not have schemed against him.
    His rule was marked by family conflicts and revolts by his brothers against their father and each other.
    The story of Robin Hood was said to have taken place during his reign, but it did not (Robin Hood was more likely to have lived during the reign of Edward II).
    His crusades ultimately failed in their goal to liberate the Holy Land.
    He died after being struck in the shoulder with an arrow and refusing treatment for the infection.
    He was buried in France.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was renowned for his bravery in battle.
    During the Crusades, he was willing to reach a truce with Saladin to secure a safe path for Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem.
    He and Saladin had great respect for each other despite being arch-enemies.
    He gave Saladin some of his prized falcons; in return, Saladin sent him his finest horses after Richard's own horse was killed in battle.
    He finally returned to England after hearing of John's treachery.
    He was immortalized in 'Ivanhoe' and, inaccurately, 'Robin Hood.'

Credit: Big Papa

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    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 24 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 130 Votes: 57.69% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 17 Votes: 82.35% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 179 Votes: 41.90% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 36 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 32 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 59 Votes: 54.24% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 142 Votes: 61.97% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 10 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 21 Votes: 76.19% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 54 Votes: 70.37% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 56 Votes: 39.29% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 27 Votes: 62.96% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 69 Votes: 57.97% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 119 Votes: 50.42% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 176 Votes: 58.52% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 243 Votes: 53.09% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 63 Votes: 50.79% Annoying