Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “King John: England's Evil King” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
King John: England's E...
Ralph V. Turner
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

King John: England's Evil King

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
King John long ago acquired the epithet 'Bad', and he is reputed to be the worst of England's kings. Before his death in 1216, his desperate exploitation of his subjects for ever more money had turned him into the mythical monster of Hollywood legend. In marked contrast to his brother Richard, John appeared incompetent in battle, failing to defend Normandy (1202-04), and w ...more
ebook, 471 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published January 1st 1994)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about King John, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about King John

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 55)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 26, 2014 Jur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval, own
This is fascinating reading. SO far I'm learning about John's early life and administration of England and the French possesions (basically Western France from Normandy to the Pyrenees).

the whole thing is finely balanced between John's control of strategic castles and highly trained and mobile army against a host of enemies which are in the end mostly a result of him being an utter prick. His death may even have saved England from French domination as John's young son Henry (III) was a much more
Yury Lyandres
Jun 23, 2013 Yury Lyandres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
The font size is hellishly tiny.
It looks like a decent "revisionist" attempt of introducing King John to the general public. The last civil war, Magna Carta and French invasion of Britain take smth like 10 pages - that's a bit surprising but gives better focus on John's earlier reign.
Anders Kilgast
May 08, 2012 Anders Kilgast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, which gives a different angel on King John. Very useful when working with the life of the king.
Lorna marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2016
Erin added it
Jun 14, 2016
Kristopher Swinson
Kristopher Swinson rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2016
Tamar Leitner
Tamar Leitner marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2016
Abby Rose
Abby Rose marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2016
Kathryn marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2016
Karen rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2016
Ailish marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2016
Zoe marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2015
Lacey Holley
Lacey Holley marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2015
Kelly Evans
Kelly Evans rated it liked it
Aug 05, 2015
Barbara Paola
Barbara Paola rated it liked it
Aug 07, 2015
Marilyn marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2015
Sarah's Book Nook
Sarah's Book Nook marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
John marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2016
Mark rated it liked it
Apr 15, 2015
Ann added it
Jan 01, 2016
Stephanie rated it liked it
Sep 25, 2014
East Wind
East Wind marked it as to-read
Aug 29, 2014
Faisal marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2014
Dia Griffiths
Dia Griffiths rated it liked it
Jun 21, 2014
Brianpcheek rated it liked it
Jun 18, 2014
Victoria Short
Victoria Short rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2014
Sicillia marked it as to-read
Mar 05, 2014
Peggy rated it liked it
Feb 26, 2014
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ralph V. Turner is emeritus professor of history, Florida State University. He is the author of King John and The Reign of Richard Lionheart, among many other publications on European medieval history. He lives in Tallahassee.
More about Ralph V. Turner...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »