back John ‘Lackland’
(24 Dec 1166 - 19 Oct 1216)
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 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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