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(24 Dec 1166 - 19 Oct 1216)
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25GGF King John is remembered mainly as the senior bad guy in Robin Hood and as the reluctant signer of the Magna Carta.

His older brother, our 26th great-uncle, King Richard I Plantagenet, called the Lion-Hearted, ruled England after Henry II and conducted the Third Crusade.

Richard’s untimely death left his parents’ empire to the incompetent ministrations of John, our regrettable direct ancestor (25GGF).


I got this portrait from About.com: Medieval History; they acknowledge Cassell’s History of England - Century Edition, published c. 1902, as their public-domain source for the image, acknowledging that there are no surviving contemporary portraits of King John.

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