King John of England Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the reign of King John of England.
# 146046 | 919 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2010 in History (British)

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The paper reveals that the reign of King John of England can be considered a failure, largely as a result of his suspicious nature and poor diplomacy. The paper looks at King John's "Charter of the Jews of England" and at his signing of the Magna Carta. The paper explains the events that forced King John to sign this document that set the foundations for democratic rule and the English Parliament.

From the Paper:

"The irony that is part of King John's rather tattered legacy is that his older brother Richard ("Richard the Lionheart") was "a superstar," Ibeji writes. But for John, he doesn't rate very well in the world of historical non-fiction; he was a "classically bad king" who is seen as a "scheming, untrustworthy coward consumed by greed" (Ibeji, 2001). Along with all those nasty adjectives comes the actual history of King John, which is very grim. For example, he is said to have hanged 28 hostages who were the sons of rebel Welsh chieftains in 1212; he also is known as a brutal autocrat who placed William de Braose's wife and son in a royal prison and let them starve to death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Medieval Sourcebook: King John of England and the Jews." RetrievedMarch 5, 2009, from
  • Beadles, Anthony. "The Opponents of King John." History Today 29.5 (1979): 279-290.
  • Ibeji, Mike. "King John and Richard I: Brothers and Rivals." British BroadcastingCompany. (2001). Retrieved March 5, 2009, from
  • Magna Carta - 1215. "The Magna Carta." Retrieved March 5, 2009, from
  • Snell, Melissa. "Who's Who in Medieval History and the Renaissance." March 5, 2009, from

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