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A definitive biography, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

Table of Contents

    • Section - i: List of Illustrations
    • Section - ii: Family Tree
    • Section - iii: Maps
    • Chapter - iv: Preface
    • Introduction - v: Introduction
  • Chapter - 1: Lackland
  • Chapter - 2: Ireland, 1185
  • Chapter - 3: Brother In Arms
  • Chapter - 4: Troublesome Brother
  • Chapter - 5: Winner Takes All
  • Chapter - 6: Retreat to the Citadel
  • Chapter - 7: Inside the Citadel
  • Chapter - 8: The Citadel Under Siege
  • Chapter - 9: Lord of the British Isles
  • Chapter - 10: The Enemy at the Gate
  • Chapter - 11: The Garrison Turns on its Leader
  • Chapter - 12: The Walls Breached
    • Section - vi: Conclusion
    • Section - vii: Bibliography
    • Section - viii: Notes
    • Index - ix: Index

About the Author

Stephen Church is professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelfth-century kingship, especially the reign of King John. He is a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries and is actively involved in the national commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. He lives in Norwich.


Church's scholarly account restores complexity to the myth of John as a cruel, unstable ogre. -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Sunday Telegraph *
Church provides readers with a lively, nuanced and balanced account of the king, his family, upbringing and reign [...] Overall, this is a hugely enjoyable and beautifully researched biography. -- Louise Wilkinson * BBC History Magazine *
Jaunty, authoritative ... [a] fine, timely study of English history's greatest pantomime villain. -- Dan Jones * Sunday Times *
Scholarly and readable ... the John that emerges is still a tyrant, but a more complex figure in a complex time. * Daily Telegraph *
All doubts removed: John was no good ... a fair and rounded picture of the king and his reign -- Allan Massie * Spectator *

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