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Myself as Witness

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A unique recitation of the particulars of the life of King John, youngest son of Henry II, and the peerless Elanor of Acquitaine.

A charter ringing with passion, betrayal, war and excitement in which James Goldman reveals the multi-faceted soul of one of the most maligned medieval monarchs in history...
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Random House (NY)
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DoctorM
A lost gem. A novel of the reign of King John, and one that doesn't subscribe to the old Robin Hood/Magna Carta version of John-as-villain. Goldman based his novel on W.L. Warren's biography of John--- itself worth reading. And as Goldman did write "The Lion in Winter" long ago, "Myself as Witness" makes a very nicely-done follow-up.
Rebecca Huston
Terrific book, by the author of The Lion in Winter. A very sympathetic look at King John, and revealing some of the misery that he must have known in his life as the littlest brother of a very talented family. Worth the hunt to find. Five stars.
Kathleen Kirkwood
Goldman's use of language is exquisite. This is one of my all-time favorite novels.
Chrisl
One of those books I regret giving away. Definitely worth another read.
Recommend to readers of Sharon Penman and viewers of Lion in Winter. Informative, entertaining view of King John.

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King John of England, from 1212 to his death in 1216; no, not the badman of Robin Hood and Shakespeare, but a tortured semi-hero of national unity--as seen by the witty, learned Mr. Goldman (The Lion in Winter, The Man from Greek and Roman) through the wary eyes of scholar-cleric Gira
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Kani
Jan 16, 2008 Kani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: english history buffs
Recommended to Kani by: found in a used bookstore
Interestingly framed as the journal entries of an old monk in service to King John of England of the early 13th century, this book filled in more English history for me. Having recently read Penman's novels that include King John, it was nice to have a different perspective on the events during his eventful life, to have another's viewpoint on the strength's and weaknesses of this oft misunderstood king. Some of it is pedanctic and boring, but there is some good inner searching and i liked the d ...more
Alexus Miller
A lost gem. A novel of the reign of King John, and one that doesn't subscribe to the old Robin Hood/Magna Carta version of John-as-villain. Goldman based his novel on W.L. Warren's biography of John--- itself worth reading. And as Goldman did "Lion in Winter" long ago, "Myself as Witness" makes a very nicely-done
Skylar Burris
Goldman's writing style will seem a bit choppy to some, but the events of the novel and the historical background are fascinating. This novel, written in diary form, gives the reader a different picture of King John than the Robin Hood tales have created. The novel asks the question--what makes a legend?
Bob H
A poignant and well-written novel of King John, told in a sympathetic and genuine-seeming way. It's rather startling to have a new look at an historically unpopular figure, but this tale, told as a diary by a court historian, is well worth the reader's time. Highly recommend.
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Here's one I'd love to give a re-read. I recall finding it quite fascinating at the time, as I was quite clueless about the details of John's reign. (Some would say not much has changed...)
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James Goldman was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up primarily in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He is most noted as the author of The Lion in Winter and author of the book for the stage musical Follies.

Goldman died from a heart attack in New York City,
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