Arthur I 1187-1203
Arthur is trying to comfort Hubert de Burgh, his
jailer at Falaise castle, who is in a real
pickle because he is not accustomed to murdering innocent children, bless his heart.
William Frederick Yeames.
Arthur the First didn't live too long as he was
in the way of his uncle John.
Here is the dirt,
but first the background:
Arthur was Duke of Brittany. This is the map
location of Brittany:
Arthur's grandfather was famous
Henry II. His father was
Geoffrey IV, his uncles were
Richard Lionheart and
John most likely
arranged for Arthur's premature death. Why the nasty?
King Richard the Lionheart had no
children of his own, hence Richard announced that nephew Arthur would be
heir to the English throne. Brother John had himself figured at the
top of the list of successors to the throne and made a long face
upon Richard's announcement, but not for too
Arthur was captured by John in
battle at Mirebeau-en-Poitou on August 1, 1202, and subsequently
imprisoned and disposed of, i.e. murdered around the year 1203.