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  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 sti

  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 dishon

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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 favori

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    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 the Road to Magna Carta by Marc Morris primarily because it was an Au

  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 b

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    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 his tenure He was an ineffective commander leading troops by threats of punishment and tyranny rather than by inspiration He was seen as a cruel and fickle ruler by his contemporaries As a means for punishment he would freuently lock away his enemies and starve them to death He d

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    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

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    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 rath

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    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 about the Conuest but this one seemed to freuently bog down in a litany of cast

  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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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 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 reasonably well as does Eleanor of Auitaine John does not but finishing the book will add much to the understanding of a man and a complex era In 1066 and all that Sellars and Yeatman did get John bang to rights The book ranges widely across England France Ireland and Scotland and is rewarding reading for anyone wishing to know of an age of complicated history and strong personalities One minor carp is that the book does depart from strict chronology to no apparent benefit at least for this reader Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream points but sets these against the full Trial of a Feminizer picture of a cruel man with weaknesses who had a singular capability to make a bad situation worse Richard I comes out reasonably well as does Eleanor of Auitaine John does not but finishing the book will add much to the understanding of a man and a complex era In 1066 and all that Sellars and Yeatman did get John bang to rights The book ranges widely across England France Ireland and Scotland and is rewarding reading for anyone wishing to know of an age of complicated history and strong The Breach of Crowns personalities One minor carp is that the book does depart from strict chronology to no apparent benefit at least for this reader

Review King John

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 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 the Road to Magna Carta by Marc Morris primarily because it was an Audible deal of the day and looked interesting A very good decision as it turned outIn an unlikely tune of events given John was the youngest son of Henry II he became King of England on 6 April 1199 However he soon lost the great Continental empire assembled by his ancestors Anjou Normandy and Brittany and spent the remainder of his reign trying to regain it often to the exclusion of all elseThere are two concurrent narratives John s route to the throne and John s attempts to get his French land back What clearly emerges are John s shortcomings His judgement was freuently awry he was politically inept he was often cowardly and cruel his decision making was short termist and cack handed indeed there s very little to recommend him Being charitable he was full of energy and generally on the move and it s no wonder he died relatively young in 1216 aged 49King John Treachery Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta is an engrossing pacy account of an incident strewn reign and brilliantly compelling I will be reading history books by Marc Morris I also now want to fill in gaps in my historical knowledgeIt s also a great follow on from The Time Traveller s Guide to Medieval England A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century which I recently read and greatly enjoyed 45

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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 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 about the Conuest but this one seemed to freuently bog down in a litany of castle sieging treachery and relentless fundraising It s the fundraising that got John in the most trouble he extorted money through taxes fines and fees to an unprecedented degree John is most famous for his role in Robin Hood s story as the wicked Prince taking advantage of the absence of his noble crusading brother King Richard He s next most famous for being such a bad king that his nobles forced the Magna Carta on himJohn was the fifth and youngest son of the great Henry II and Eleanor of Auitaine so far from the throne that his father had given all of the important provinces to his older brothers leaving John with the nickname Lackland But his brothers fell one by one until the death of Richard the Lionheart left John on the throne of England and at the head of the great Angevin empire all of Britain and much of what is now France John would leave to his own son a greatly reduced legacyExplaining that John s childhood and youth are barely documented the author chose to begin the book in the middle of his reign in 1206 just as he begins to lose his hold on his territory in France The author then relates the earlier history in flashbacks I think this was a mistake First of all the brief discussion of John s predecessors Henry I Stephen and Maud Henry II and Eleanor would be unintelligible if you weren t already pretty familiar with them Then when the flashbacks reach Richard s reign it became confusing to bounce back and forth between the politics and military actions going on then and those happening after 1206The text of the Magna Carta is printed in an appendix

  • Hardcover
  • 400
  • King John
  • Marc Morris
  • English
  • 12 December 2019
  • 9781605988856