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King John

One of King John's most detestable crimes has been surprisingly overlooked by historians.

Historical reputations rise and fall, but King John has had more of a rollercoaster ride than most across the centuries. Reviled in his own day...

The struggle between King John and his barons turned into open warfare at Rochester Castle in 1215. Yet the story of how the fortress came to be besieged has not been fully understood, says Marc Morris.

Graham E. Seel explores the life of the artist Charles Sims and his controversial, little-known mural in St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster depicting King John at Runnymede. 

Magna Carta was born of the loss of King John’s French territories and his increasingly desperate – and expensive – attempts to regain them, argues Sean McGlynn.

Nigel Saul marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta with a comprehensive overview of the landmark books that dominate the field.

Will England's most reviled king get the Thomas Cromwell treatment? It doesn't seem likely. 

Attempts to rehabilitate ‘Bad’ King John always come up against a major stumbling block: the verdicts of his contemporaries.

For the cogent reasons explained here by Anthony Beadles, the revolt against King John was led largely by the Northern barons.

William Seymour describes how a large area of Dorset and Wiltshire, abounding in deer, was hunted by King John and granted to Robert Cecil by James I.