Berkhamsted Castle | Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria

Berkhamsted Castle

1191: Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria

Richard I (“the Lionheart”) is King of England 1189–1199. He mostly resides in Aquitaine, southern France, and during the Third Crusade (1189–1192) he is away in the Holy Land fighting Saladin. In 1191, he grants Berkhamsted Castle to Queen Berengaria, but she too is absent, traditionally known as “the only English queen never to set foot in the country”.