Richard the Lionheart is my new historical fiction book about a brave young ruler who fought all odds of regaining his rightful place in England. He was a Christian crusader that lived in the middle ages. He wasn’t a perfect man by any means but he fought for what he believed in. He fought for the right for Christians to be able to reside in the Holy land of Jerusalem. Here is a Blurp:
Richard was born in Beaumont Place, Oxford, in 1157, of the Plantagenet line. He had reddish blond hair with light blue eyes and a fair complexion. He grew into a very intelligent young man that enjoyed writing poetry and had an active imagination. He knew how to speak several languages including French, English and Scottish Gaelic. He was above average height and was full of courage from an early age.
Richard delighted in playing out in the woody area around his father’s estate with his younger brother, John. Nature gave him a sense of pleasure and inspired him. Often he would write poetry about his time in the woods, and often incorporated the small critters that roamed the forest, into his writing. Once in a while, he had to fight off with his bow and arrow some of the vicious wolves, coyotes, and bears that lived in the tall timbers of the woods. Richard taught John how to defend himself too, because King Henry was always busy making other plans. He never devoted enough time to his children, especially Richard.
Thus the neglected son of Henry spent a great deal of time outside the castle. He came to know the castle grounds better than the king himself. The royal estate had the great castle in the center, with six smaller cottages surrounding the castle on three sides. The palace had a great hall, a library, a chapel, four great bed chambers fit for a king or queen, a kitchen, and twelve smaller rooms for the servants. On the southwest side of the castle, the Vienne River ran right up to the side of the castle. Underneath the castle were several tunnels that separated into mazelike passages. These led to a separate doorway in each room of the castle. The king had built the castle with a planned escape route, in case of any fires that broke out, or any need of escape from a hostile army.
When Richard roamed the castle grounds, he dreamed of the time that he would take his place as king, even though he was third in line for the crown. Henry was the eldest, then Geoffrey, then Richard, and last of all John. Richard was adventurous and enjoyed taking risks and loved experiences that were dangerous and perilous. He craved doing things that were unsafe such as climbing bluffs, fighting against wild animals, playing with snakes, and jumping off steep cliffs. Even though his adventures were wild, he never feared any danger. He would go home every afternoon telling his mother, what things he had done that day. His mother was amazed at what he told her and feared for his life, but trusted in God to deliver her son from danger.
Once as he was sitting on a rock when a venomous snake slithered down a tree limb toward him. He picked up a rock with a quick impetuous movement, hit the viper on the neck, snapping it in two. On another occasion he killed a lion with a sling and three small pebbles. When an angry, roaring lion approached him, he hit the lion right between the eyes, and the lion fell over. Richard ran toward the lion hitting it with the two remaining pebbles. Then he used his sharp cutting knife and slit the lion’s throat. Not once did he ever fear the lion or anything else that came his way. He would disturb wasps’ nests, throw things at snakes, and play with spiders without caring about the consequences.