Born: 24 December 1167, Beaumont Palace, Oxford Died: 19 October, Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire Reign: 6 April 1199-19 October 1216 Coronation: 27 May 1199
Predecessor: Richard I Successor: Henry III
Did you know that John was married twice? And both his wives were called Isabella!
Isabella, Countess of Gloucester
Married: 1189 Annulled: 1199
Isabella, Countess of Angoulême
Married: 1200 Widowed: 1216
John died of a mysterious illness in 1216.
Many people believe that his death was caused by an inflammatory disease called dysentery. Others think it is possible that it was his ill health and depression following the final war with the barons that brought about his death. There are also rumours that he was killed by poisoned ale, poisoned plums or a ‘surfeit of peaches’.
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How many barons are in the council that watches over the King?
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Well done! Yes, the answer is 25 barons.
Will Magna Carta bring peace and freedom?
Is Magna Carta simply a collection of complaints and grumbles by the barons which will only have benefits for them?
Is Magna Carta more than this? Is it an important statement of key principles about how the king can rule and will have benefits for everyone in England?
Will this document be long lasting and bring about peace and freedom, or will King John will find a way out of it?
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