As such, this movie is not accurate in its representation of the Crusades and a mess was made of history.
The role of King Richard was drastically altered throughout the film, especially in comparison to the facts in the textbook. One of the biggest misconceptions shown in the movie is that King Richard was happy to be living in England. According to the textbook, King Richard actually spent very little time living in England despite the fact that he was the king, nor was he especially proud with his country. Richard spent a lot of his time outside of England due to the crusades, being held captive in central Europe, and tending to the battles to keep possession of his holdings in France. He simply had no time to spend time in his home country. This fact did not necessarily play an important role in the Crusades, but it alleviated a lot of misconception in regard to Richard’s dedication to his country.
In the movie, King Richard’s marriage to Berengaria in Marseille was done so that Richard could obtain food for his army. The fact laid down by history is that Richard was quite enthusiastic in marrying Berengaria. The ceremony had been held in Cyprus and was a very luxurious occasion. Even though King Richard sometimes appeared to not care very much for his role as a king, he still did all that he could to uphold the honor of being king. He wanted his marriage to be as noble as his position as king, striving to increase his look as a glorious monarch. The proverbial mask he put on for the public might have been just a show to him, but his actions had been all the same motivated by nobility.
A complete act of fiction that was seen in the film was when King Richard breaks an iron rod with his sword and Saladin cuts a thin cloth with his own sword. The scene was a powerful one, but it was concocted completely from the imagination