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King John: England's Evil King

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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)
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Jur
Sep 26, 2014 Jur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Yury Lyandres
Jun 23, 2013 Yury Lyandres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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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.
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