King John and the French invasion of England

Sean McGlynn, author of the first book on the French occupation of England in 1216, considers the story of 'bad' King John and the Barons' Revolt

A colourful illustration of King John riding on a horse

This article was first published in the June 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine

“The whole land was covered with these limbs of the devil like locusts, who assembled to blot out everything from the face of the earth; for, running about with drawn swords and knives, they ransacked towns, houses, cemeteries, and churches, robbing everyone, sparing neither women nor children.”

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