joachimmurat asked: If anything Robin Hood teaches us that Coeur de Lion is a lousy absentee king who gallivants off on crusade against the not actually awful Saladin who was gonna let the Christians and Jews keep visiting the Holy Land anyways because he recognized that it was holy to ALL of them.
THANK YOU. EXACTLY. Really, Richard couldn’t have given less of a damn about England and Saladin actually could have done a great deal of good for relationships in the Holy Land. Did they even really care about the Christians until the Christians starting massacreing them? This ‘Holy War’ was absolutely one sided until the Christians gave them a reason to turn against them.
And then, to top that, after insulting his allies, Richard got himself kidnapped and if not for his mother, his brother would have just let him rot. He should thank God his mother is the only person of sense in that family after Henry II died.
And even DURING the war Saladin’s just like “Hey come on now, maybe you’re an infidel but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a talk about an armistice over smoothies - yeah we invented those last week, wanna try one?”
And then he just got himself shot with a crossbow and Things Got Even Worse.