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King John

A rousing and authoritative new biography of the notorious King John by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Marc MorrisKing John is one of those historical characters who needs little in the way of introduction If readers are not already familiar with him as the tyrant whose misgovernment gave rise to Magna Carta we remember him as the villain in the stories of Robin HoodForm. This is difficult to rateI wish I had bought the Kindle version which I still may or may not do Not sure yet The narration was superb but still difficult to follow because as with every historical non fiction book it is very very very detailed So much so that I had to rewind uite often That doesn t mean it was absolutely bad Besides I don t know enough of King John the person to ascertain how good or bad the book itself was For those who wish to listen to the audio version I recommend to read up a little on King John as I found the number of places persons and deeds uite overwhelming Wikipedia alone would have been my friend hereEditOkay with about two days in between I ve noticed that I was still mulling over this book and what to make out of King John As the narration in the first half of the book jumped back and forth before John became king and after a few points stick out simplified His reputation at the time of his coronation was already heavily damaged He had rebelled against his father in his father s last days and joined the cause of his brothers he later tried to take the crown from Richard Lionheart whilst he was in imprisoned The loss of Normandie in 1204 was a major setback Trying to get the lost territories in France back money was needed The taxation other various words are used but I ll keep it simple was heavy and seemed in many cases arbitrary For a widowed mother to keep custody of her children to an heir to get a hold of hisher inheritance to name only two of many ways John tried to raise money nothing was out of the reach of the king I say arbitrary for it seemed to be dependent on John s liking or disliking of a person whether said person had to pay the money at all or in what kind of instalments Sometimes even payments weren t guaranteed to fulfil John s demands as he could simply demand even The death of Arthur I of Brittany his brother Geoffrey s only surviving son and a serious contender to John s crown at supposedly his own hands further damaged his reputation and didn t necessarily lead for the baron s to trust their king His excommunication from the church over the uestion who should be Bishop of Canterbury was another blow that took years to mend The decline of the economy Now here s where I m not sure if the author was trying to be too nice as he didn t attribute it directly to John At the end of the day wars cost money Money needs to be raised Coins were debased Taxes still needed to be paid et voil the economy suffers Simply put of course And of course for an economy to suffer other components are important But if put together there s no wonder that the economy declined during his reign A strong French king who knew how to play the game of changing loyalties and taking advantage of itJohn s reign was catastrophic for the institution kingship and though not everything was entirely his fault one very important point remains John s hubris to stand not only above the law but actually be the law whatever it meant for those who had to experience setbacks which led to bad blood Not that his ancestors didn t act similarly but what John didn t seem to understand was the simple concept and conseuences of action vs reaction Nothing makes that clearer than his wishes in his dying days when he wanted to make amends to at least a few people he had wronged In other words he was not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it came to emotional intelligence

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Idable and cunning but also cruel lecherous treacherous and untrusting Twelve years into his reign John was regarded as a powerful king within the British Isles But despite this immense early success when he finally crosses to France to recover his lost empire he meets with disaster John returns home penniless to face a tide of criticism about his unjust rule The result is Magna. As expected Marc Morris presents a well researched and detailed study of the life and reign of King John Morris sifts effectively through often conflicting chronicles both contemporary and subseuent and scholarship to support his conclusions about the king s character and style of kingship The text of Magna Carta is included The book s emphasis on the importance of this event in John s reign is in the proper perspective of his time It was only later in history that the charter won greater fame and influence This is an excellent overview of John s life covering all the major events that shaped not only his life but much history of England His behaviour as royal son and prince king brother father and Christian is studied and evaluated John s much praised administrative ability is not overlooked in this study but is placed in perspective to the rest of his kingship where it is not as some 20th century historians had it his most important trait Instead John s whole character is reviewed leading to the conclusion that for all John s genius as an administrator he was wanting in many other areas reuired for effective medieval kingshipPicking this book up I was expecting a fairly straight forward bashing of John s character but after having read it my impression is that Morris has delivered as balanced a study of John the man and the king as is possible at a remove of eights centuries and after the accretion of countless lies legends and errors to his historical aura He neither overpraises nor underpraises John recognizing his few virtues his talents and his failings in a manner that struck me as uite fair Catching Fire finally crosses to France to recover his lost empire he meets with disaster John returns home penniless to The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) face a tide of criticism about his unjust rule The result is Magna. As expected Marc Morris presents a well researched and detailed study of the life and reign of King John Morris sifts effectively through often conflicting chronicles both contemporary and subseuent and scholarship to support his conclusions about the king s character and style of kingship The text of Magna Carta is included The book s emphasis on the importance of this event in John s reign is in the proper perspective of his time It was only later in history that the charter won greater The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, fame and influence This is an excellent overview of John s life covering all the major events that shaped not only his life but much history of England His behaviour as royal son and prince king brother Incubus father and Christian is studied and evaluated John s much praised administrative ability is not overlooked in this study but is placed in perspective to the rest of his kingship where it is not as some 20th century historians had it his most important trait Instead John s whole character is reviewed leading to the conclusion that The Sharpe Companion The Early Years for all John s genius as an administrator he was wanting in many other areas reuired Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado for effective medieval kingshipPicking this book up I was expecting a Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics fairly straight Down and Out in Paris and London few virtues his talents and his

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Carta – a ground breaking document in posterity but a worthless piece of parchment in 1215 since John had no intention of honoring it Like all great tragedies the world can only be put to rights by the tyrant’s death John finally obliges at Newark Castle in October 1216 dying of dysentery as a great gale howls up the valley of the Trent 16 pages of color and BW illustration. Very well presented and researched King John is one of my favourite historical figures Good Lord what does that say about meI am of an insights person than a dates and figures person and this book caters to the latter but that s just my personal tasteI think I would have preferred to read rather than listen to this as the audio delivery was very dry and I would have liked the opportunity to skim read the bits that were boring me rather than rolling my eyes and shouting come on get to the good bits


10 thoughts on “King John

  1. says:

    This is difficult to rateI wish I had bought the Kindle version which I still may or may not do Not sure yet The narration was superb but still difficult to follow because as with every historical non fiction book it is very very very detail

  2. says:

    This is an absorbing life of King John who is generally and rightly regarded as one of England's worse kings Marc Morris reviews his reign and his earlier life in detail which reveals John's weaknesses and dishonesty He is fair in describing the King's good points but sets these against the full picture of a cruel man with weaknesses who had a singular capability to make a bad situation worse Richard I comes out reasonab

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    King John is one of those villains who seems too wicked to be true It was bad enough that he sueezed his countrymen again and again to fund his fruitless wars But no man or woman was safe if caught by his displeasure and even his contemporaries were horrified at his cruelty; starving his victims in dungeons seemed to be his favorite retribution He behaved with little or no regard for conseuences until caught

  4. says:

    He was a very bad man cruel than all others the Anonymous of Bethune Like most British people I knew King John had signed Magna Carta and was generally known as “Bad King John” but that was about itI bought King John Treachery Tyranny and

  5. says:

    As expected Marc Morris presents a well researched and detailed study of the life and reign of King John Morris sifts effectively through often conflicting chronicles both contemporary and subseuent and scholarship to support his conclusions about the king's character and style of kingship The text of Magna Carta is included The book's emphasis on the importance of this event in John's reign is in the proper perspective of his ti

  6. says:

    Morris shows how King John's disastrous reign led to the loss of the Plantangenet empire on the European continent during the early years of h

  7. says:

    Whilst Richard III has found his supporters in ever growing numbers in recent years there has been no such reevaluation or redemption for England's other black legend King John And as Marc Morris ably demonstrates there is good reason for this Richard III didn't reign for long enough for any real evaluation of his reign and his t

  8. says:

    Very well presented and researched King John is one of my favourite historical figures Good Lord what does that say about me??I am of an 'insights' person than a 'dates and figures' person and this book caters to the latter but that's just my personal tasteI think I would have preferred to read rather than listen to this as the audio delivery was very dry and I would have liked the opportunity to skim read the bits that were bo

  9. says:

    25 stars I found this one a little dry especially at first I like the Plantagenets and I enjoyed this author’s book on Edward I and his book

  10. says:

    Excellent as I expectedIt also made me actually read Magna Carta the whole way through for the first time

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