Tag Archive: First Baron’s War

King John arrives in the USA!

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King John of England, best known as the wicked King who ruled England in the Robin Hood legends. Was he really as bad as he’s portrayed in the legends? Well, he may have been worse! As the fifth son of King Henry II, John was a long shot to become the King. But the earlier…

MAP#63: Marc Morris, King John and the Road to Magna Carta

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This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The medieval King responsible for the document is King John of England. He didn’t create it, but it was his turbulent reign that caused the Barons to create the document. King John put his seal on it in June 1215 and then refused to abide…

Magna Carta manuscripts brought together for the first time

There are a few milestones this year relating to the Middle Ages, but none hold the weight of the Magna Carta. It was 800 years ago this June the Barons in England forced King John to sign* the Magna Carta. England and the World is gearing up for a summer dedicated to the Magna Carta….

Henry III’s Confirmation of Magna Carta in March 1265

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The purpose of this Feature of the Month is to bring attention to a little-known text of the confirmation of Magna Carta made by Henry III, in March 1265. The text survives in the form of an inspeximus of the 1225 issue of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest and includes a witness list…

MAP#41: King Louis VIII ‘The Lion’

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French King Louis VIII who as a young Prince invaded England with the support of the English barons with the hope of taking the throne from King John. He would rise to King in France and take part in the Albigensian Crusade to gain back his lands in Southern France. In this episode we’ll look…

Magna Carta to get modern makeover for 800th birthday

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The Magna Carta, the English medieval document considered a cornerstone of modern democracy, is to get an overhaul and be brought back into the public spotlight in time for its 800th anniversary, academics said on Thursday. A three-year research project will also attempt to discover whether King John, the monarch who signed the document in…

MAP: Ep 17 – Magna Carta eBook

Today is the 796th anniversary of the “signing” of the Magna Carta by King John. King John’s reign can be summed up thus: high taxes, unsuccessful wars, and conflicts with the Pope, making him an unpopular King with the Barons. The barons forced King John to agree to a document later known as the ‘Articles…

Ironclad: new trailer

Ironclad is set in 1215 during the First Baron’s War in England. It has some great actors with James Purefoy as Marshall, a Templar Knight, Derek Jacobi as Reginald de Cornhill, Paul Giamatti as King John and the lovely Kate Mara as Lady Isabel. While Purefoy and Jacobi seem to fit the part I am…