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King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
No English king has suffered a worse press than King John: Bad King John, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood, Magna Carta - but how to disentangle myth and truth?

John was the youngest of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, who, on the death of his brother Richard the Lionheart in 1199, took possession of a vast - and vastly wealthy - inheritance. But
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Pan Macmillan (first published March 1st 2015)
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Anne Morgan
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating and highly readable, well-researched history of King John, bringing to life one of the most reviled English king of all time- and exploring why he probably doesn't deserve (all) the reputation we've given him.
James Miller
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The copy I read was a preprint proof, so some of the issues I had may well be dealt with in the final version. I enjoyed the book, which seemed exactingly researched and gave a mixture of voices from contemporary chroniclers and modern historians, through the letters of John, Pope Innocent and - the standout figure of the book - Philip Augustus of France.

The title is somewhat misleading as it is a standard biography of John with Magna Carta occupying a relatively limited space -it doesn't even g
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Nicole
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good companion to all of the events happening around Magna Carta this year. I had a few key bits of the timeline wrong in my head. Well worth reading.
Keir Martland
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect myth-buster.
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