Richard the Lionheart

King – Knight – Prisoner

September 17, 2017 to April 15, 2018

Vom 22. bis zum 29. Oktober findet in Speyer eine Aktionswoche zur Landesausstellung statt. Es erwartet Sie ein Konzert und ein Vortrag sowie ein Schaufensterwettbewerb und viele Löwenherz-Aktionen am verkaufsoffenen Mantelsonntag!
Aktionswoche Richard Löwenherz Speyer. Schaufensterwettbewerb und Mantelsonntag

The life and impact of King Richard the Lionheart of England are the subject of a major art history and cultural history exhibition for the first time ever.

Notable objects from England, France and Germany presenting Richard the Lionheart in the European context are on display at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer from September 17, 2017 to April 15, 2018. Also on display are precious manuscripts, weapons, sculptures and archaeological finds, including exceptional works of art from the milieu of the royal dynasties of England and France– the Plantagenets and the Capetians – as well as the Houses of Hohenstaufen und Welf. Central themes of the exhibition are the ruling dynasties of Richard’s day, courtly life and literature, chivalry, the Third Crusade and castle-building.

The accompanying audio guide for the exhibition is available in English and is included in the entrance fee.


Tickets for the exhibition are available now at the museum ticket desk or online at our ticket shop.

Public Guided Tours

Starting on the 17th of September public guided tours will be held every Sunday at 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00. These guided tours are available only in German! These guided tours cost 4 € plus the entrance fee.

Book a Tour

Would you like to book a tour in English? Please contact our booking office by email at or by telephone at +0049 (0)6232 620222.

Löwenherz-Ausstellung Speyer: Abbildung Richard I. Löwenherz

With the Heart of a Lion

Richard I acquired his famous sobriquet already during his lifetime, largely due to his extraordinary courage and his generosity. It was only much later that the legend developed in which the king wrestled with a lion, ripped out its still beating heart and subsequently consumed it.

A Strong Woman

Richard I had an ever-present ally at his side in his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. She gave birth to ten children, and of these children Richard was her favourite. Even during his time as ruler he remained under her protection. At a very old age she made the journey to Mainz to greet her son after his imprisonment, and later in front of the castle of Châlus-Chabrol on the 6th of April 1199, he died in her arms.

Heraldische Löwen, Löwenherz-Ausstellung Speyer

Three Lions on the Shirt

The three lions on the Royal Arms of England first appeared under Richard I Lionheart’s rule. The lion as an English heraldic animal can probably be traced back to Norman influence. A short digression into heraldry reveals that strictly speaking these are not lions on the coat of arms but rather leopards, as they are portrayed in stride with their heads turned to squarely face the viewer.