"The result is a traditional politics-and-war biography: a relentless succession of intrigues, quarrels, battles, sieges, negotiations, truces, and betrayals illuminated by lucid writing but muddied by Morris' decision to jump back and forth in chronology."
King John (1166-1216) is a rare English medieval monarch whose fame owes less to Shakespeare than legend. His villainy remains so ingrained, writes historian and broadcaster Morris (The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
, 2013) in this capable biography, that no subsequent king has named a son "John."
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