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Richard I of England (September 8, 1157 - April 6, 1199), known in Age of Empires II by his real life nickname Richard the Lionheart, was the King of England, Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine, and Gascony, and Lord of other places in France and of Cyprus (by conquest) in the late 12th century. He is best known for his leading role in the Third Crusade (1189-1192) and his captivity in Germany while on his way home, which was incorporated into the legend of Robin Hood.

In the game, Richard is depicted as a cavalry hero unit with the appearance of a Paladin. Like other cavalry heroes, Richard the Lionheart is affected by all upgrades and bonuses that affect cavalry. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health (since The Conquerors). He is also available at the Scenario Editor.

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Trivia Edit

  • Despite his later incarnation as an English nationalist icon, Richard the Lionheart spent most of his life in France and spoke French and Occitan. It is debated if he had any knowledge of English, even though he was born in Oxford.
  • Although portrayed as grey-haired in the game, he was only 35-36 years old during his in-game appearances and 41 when he died. His natural hair was red or reddish blonde, not unlike Frederick Barbarossa.
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