By Ed West
John Lackland used to be born to King Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitane in December, 1166; he used to be the youngest of 5 sons. although, he without warning turned the well-liked inheritor to his father after a failed uprising through his older brothers in 1173. He grew to become king in 1199, even though his reign was once tumultuous and brief. After a quick peace with Phillip II of France, warfare broke out back in 1202 and King John misplaced such a lot of his holdings at the continent. This, coupled with unpopular financial regulations and remedy of nobles again domestic, resulted in clash upon his go back from conflict. Buffeted from each side, King John used to be driven in 1215 to signal together with his barons the Magna Carta, a precursor to constitutional governance. yet each side did not uphold the agreements phrases and clash speedy resumed, resulting in John’s premature demise a yr later to dysentery.
Pitched at beginners to the topic, 1215 and All That will clarify how King John’s rule and, particularly, his signing of the Magna Carta replaced England—and the English—forever, introducing readers to the early days of medieval England. it's the 3rd booklet within the acclaimed A Very, Very brief heritage of England sequence, which captures the key moments of English historical past with humor and bite.
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1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John by Ed West