On this day 1199 – Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6. It is documented that Richard I spent roughly around six months in England as he was off on his crusades for the most part.
He was succeeded by his younger brother King John, known for many things, the two most famous being loosing the Crown Jewels and the signing of the Magna Carta – which celebrates it 800th anniversary in June this year.
There are a selection of Magna Carta Baronies, available on our website, the most pertinent to this being the Barony of Wallingford which was held by both kings – In 1191 Richard the Lionheart leaves for the 3rd crusade and grants honours of Wallingford to his younger brother John. Wallingford is specifically mentioned in the Magna Carta. >