Richard the Lionheart tour
Just as we share the legendary King Arthur with France we also share that most iconic of English kings, Richard the Lionheart or Richard Coeur de Lion. As monarch he spent just 6 months in England preferring to be "on tour" , either crusading in the Holy Lands or fighting off his father and various Frenchies in his mother`s territory of Aquitaine. He died in the spring of 1199 during his siege of the virtually unarmed castle of Châlus-Chabrol which is just 20 minutes away by car. Whilst his body is buried at Châlus his heart was entombed in Rouen Cathedral and of course a statue stands outside the Houses of Parliament to remind us what a great Englishman he was. There is a well-signed, 180km historical Coeur de Lions trail which takes you to 19 historical sites ,open to the public, which tell the story of Richard in France. Click on the shield to visit the official tour page.