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King John

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
King John 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—even though the fictional Robin Hood was invented much later. In contrast to his brother Richard, he appeared incompetent in battle, failing to defend Normandy in 1202
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Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Longman Publishing Group
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Jur
Apr 18, 2011 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
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Ralf Grabuschnig
Don't get me wrong. If you want to know everything there is about King John, this book will do the job. However, it is a rather exhausting read. Very detailed, very dry, very complex. For anyone just wanting to get some deeper insight into the events of 1215 and what lead there (like myself), this is just a bit over the top.
Yury Lyandres
Mar 10, 2012 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 rated it really liked it
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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