Massive Ransom Finally Frees Richard I the Lionheart From Captivity

Massive Ransom Finally Frees Richard I the Lionheart From Captivity

Richard I Lionheart, King of England
Source: Adam Bishop

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Richard I the Lionheart is freed from captivity and allowed to return home after a massive ransom is paid. Richard had been originally taken prisoner in 1192 near Vienna by Leopold V, Duke of Austria, who then handed Richard over to Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1193.

The ransom demanded was two to three times a year's income for Richard and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, worked hard to raise it by imposing 25% taxes on all property.

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King Richard I "The Lionheart" (1157-1199)

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