England had become the milch cow of the Third Crusade. Every pennyt which could be taxed out of the pockets of the unfotunate people, or tithed or extracted by threat or promise, was being accumulated for one purpose only, to provide Richard Coeur de Lion with the most powerful and best equipped army which had ever carried the cross. England could wallow in debt and suffer the most venal government. That was of no consequence.–Thomas B. Costain, The Conquering Family, 174-175
Pathetic, those Medieval people, destroying the nation’s future and the lives of its citizens to satisfy the lust for power and mindless religious fundamentalism of its leaders.