Happy Birthday, Lionheart

An equestrian statue of Richard I of England, ...

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When I was a child I loved the TV series about Richard the Lionheart.  I saw myself as a dashing knight, righting wrongs, travelling in the King’s entourage and maybe even joining him in a song.

Years later I was delighted when I walked into a theatre bar in Nottingham and saw Dermot Walsh, the actor who played Richard.  I spoke to him and we had a drink and a chat together.  We didn’t do any jousting but he was just the king I could be happy with.

Today is Richard’s birthday.  I’ve been reading a lot about him for my novel which is set in the years before the Third Crusade.  History has been kind to him and legend even more so.  I think that were you a humble person you stood a much better chance of getting justice from the much reviled King John than from his heedless, war-hungry older brother.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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