For a finish, Richard had fallen out with a number of his fellow Crusaders who had departed for their homelands early. Philippe of France left shortly after Richard arrived, on pretext of a cousin's death. While in Rome, Philippe met Henry V1, the Holy Roman Emperor, and poured a tale into his ear about how Richard had murdered Conrad of Montferrat, the King of Jerusalem. The Emperor's cousin, Leopold of Austria, also had issues with Richard slighting his flags and had left the crusade in a huff at about the same time as Philippe.
This meant that when Richard tried to cross Europe on horseback, having twice survived shipwreck, he had a hostile reception!