King Richard I of England

Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. Continue reading

Racing Purse on Record was £40

During the reign of King Richard I, the Lion-Heart, circa 1190, a racing purse of £40 was offered to English knights competing in a 3-mile (4.8-kilometre) race.
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The Pocket was German King’s Innovation

The German King and Holy Roman Emperor Henry II (973-1024), is the inventor of the pocket, and wore one made of silk brocade, on his white silk tunic.
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Heraldic Symbol Worn by an English King

King Richard I, known as Coeur-de-Lion, or Lion-Hearted, came to the throne in 1189 wore a Heraldic symbol. This was his shield displaying three golden lions. Continue reading