Was King John really that bad?… Yes!

Most kings were capable of behaving badly from time to time. Yet, says Marc Morris, when it came to lechery, treachery and shocking acts of cruelty, the king who sealed Magna Carta 800 years ago was in a league of his own...

King John hunting on horseback

This article was first published in the June 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

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