Research snippets: Who should succeed Richard I?

King Richard I, the Lionheart, died on April 6, 1199. On his deathbed, he named William Marshal as custodian of the royal treasury until his successor was crowned. Marshal took the news of the king’s death to Archbishop of Canterbury Hubert Walter. The two men had long, faithful service to the king and had served…

Research snippets – Arthur of Brittany

One major plot line in Swords of the King involves King Richard, the Lionheart’s nephew, Duke Arthur of Brittany. Swords ends in 1199 when the young duke is 13 years old, but Arthur’s story goes on a few more years. “[King] John himself now attempted to deal with Arthur in another way. Being at Falaise…

#OTD 4 Sept 1199 – Joanna Plantagenet dies

Joanna Plantagenet, Queen of Sicily, Countess of Toulouse. She was the daughter of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, born in October 1165. At age eleven, Joanna (or Joan) wed William II, King of Sicily. Widowed at 24, she was held under house arrest for almost a year by William’s successor, Tancred. Her brother,…

John, of Magna Carta fame, was crowned King of England on 27 May 1199

#OTD 27 May 1199 – John crowned King of England at Westminster

Richard I, the Lionheart, died on April 6, 1199. His brother John was in Brittany at the time visiting a possible rival to the crown, the young Duke Arthur, son of Richard and John’s late brother Geoffrey. John fled the Breton court secretly after a messenger delivered the news. Had the Bretons heard it earlier, we might…