Tag Archives: Richard the Lionheart

The Lusignans of Poitou

The recent developments in the Middle East revived academic and public interest in the West’s previous encounters with that part of the world. These events created something of a cottage industry of  histories and novels recounting the crusades, particularly the … Continue reading

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Decembers of Centuries Past…and Present

It was on December 25, 1100 when Baldwin of Edessa got himself officially crowned king of Jerusalem… On December 25, 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux recruited the HRE Conrad to join in what became the Second Crusade (which included Louis of … Continue reading

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April – bad month for the Angevins/Plantagenets?

 April (?) 1153, William, count of Poitiers, first child of Eleanor and soon-to-be Henry II dies at the age of three years April 1, 1204, Eleanor of Aquitaine dies April 6, 1199. Richard the Lionheart dies of infected wound suffered … Continue reading

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