King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta

King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta

by Marc Morris

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ISBN-13: 9781605988856
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Marc Morris is a historian and broadcaster specializing in the Middle Ages. He is the author of A Great and Terrible King, King John; and the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling The Norman Conquest. He lives in England.

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King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this a hard book to read about a hard and interesting subject King John. What I found highly interesting about King John was not just that he was the king for whom the Magna Carta was written. The English held large territories in modern France (which I did not know and which was lost under King John). King John was the first English Lord of Ireland and he meddled in the affairs of Wales and Scotland. Most significantly he had many fights with the Pope and he wanted to control the English Church. This made me realize that Henry VIII and his breaking with the Catholic Church had some historical precedence in England The subject matter is hard. To write this review, I read some abbreviated narratives on King John and I also found them hard at times to follow. I would have given this book a four but I think the author does do somethings that make the history more confusing. This book is a revisionist history of King John. King John has been a hated figure in English history (he raised taxes, felt battles, lost wars, and abducted his wife). However, many modern historians question if he was as bad as his contemporizes said he was. Revisionist history are also problems for the reader who is looking for an introduction to a subject. Often one has to have a certain knowledge of the subject matter to know what the author intends to wants to revise. In this book, I found it confusing, that in order to assert that King John was not a total loser (I did not like King John) the author has to question at lot of what was written in King John's time and shortly afterwards. It is confusing to both be introduced to a certain set of events for the first time and then read about different interpretations of the history. However, some medieval history enthusiast might find much worthwhile information about King John and his time. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.