Richard the Lionheart is a beloved figure in English history, but the name has sparked controversy with many historians who found the king to be not so virtuous. On his history blog for The Telegraph, Dr Dominic Selwood tries to debunk some of the myths surrounding King Richard I.
On his blog, commemorating the anniversary of Richard's death, Selwood takes on Victorian historian Bishop William Stubbs who called the king "a bad son, a bad husband, a selfish ruler, and a vicious man," and added, "He was no Englishman," with which Selwood largely disagrees, citing examples. He does, however, find fault with the monarch and with his enemy Saladin, and he writes, "Both Western and Eastern commentators hyped up Saladin and Richard’s courtoisie, but neither of them was particularly enlightened by modern standards. Richard was even fond of the idea that he was a monster."