RICHARD THE LION HEART, or Cœur de Leon, King of England, born (d: 1199); Known to most from Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe,” as a young man Richard fell in love with the king of France, Philip II. Richard was an educated man who composed poetry, writing in French and Limousin. He was said to be very attractive; his hair was between red and blond, and he was light-eyed with a pale complexion. He was apparently of above average height, but as his remains have been lost since at least the French Revolution, his exact height is unknown.
Boswell’s translation of King Henry II’s journal records that Richard (then the Duke of Aquitaine) “remained with Philip, the king of France, who so honored him for so long that they ate every day at the same table and from the same dish, and at night their beds did not separate them. And the king of France loved him as his own soul; and they loved each other so much that the king of England was absolutely astonished at the passionate love between them and marveled at it.” Richard did later marry somewhat unenthusiastically. Upon death his widow had to sue the pope for recognition as widow, as Richard hadn’t bothered to make his marriage official.