Richard I

The Familiar and the Fresh

Steven Runciman’s profile of Richard the Lionheart, written at a time of impending crisis in Anglo-Cypriot relations, offers a nuanced and sensitive portrait, writes Minoo Dinshaw.

Hugh of Lincoln: the Hammer of Kings

Described by John Ruskin as “the most beautiful sacerdotal figure known to me in history,” the heroic bishop triumphantly upheld his office against two proud and strong-willed English sovereigns.

Richard Coeur-De-Lion

Sir Steven Runciman profiles a fabled Englishman, concerned with the political and military relationships between East and West.