Richard had had the temerity to haul down the Austrian flag and run up the British colors, thus really riling the Austrian fellow. Robin Hood and many others worked hard to raise the ransom for Richard (7 tons of silver) so that he could reclaim his throne and rid everyone of Bad King John. The story holds that Richard’s troubadour, Blondel, wandering the streets, found Richard by singing a song only he and Richard knew until he heard his king answering him with the correct words of the song. Four of us climbed the very steep steps and 500 ft. up to the ruined castle-prison. The view from the walls must have both inspired and tormented Richard during his captivity.
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