Time was a-wasting. It had already been a week since the king's injury and there was no telling how long he would be able to last. The gravity of the situation began to sink in. If the king died without an heir to the throne all hell would break loose. Barons and magnates in England would vie for the crown. The continental realms would be thrown into anarchy. There would be chaos throughout the empire.
Approximate extent of Richard the Lionheartís domains 1199