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’.
Test your understanding
How long did the Pope close the churches in England for?
Not quite... Why don't you try interviewing King John again?
Excellent, you obviously spoke at length with the King... Indeed, the answer is eight years!
Why does King John face rebellion?
Is King John responsible for the rebellion?
Are the barons responsible for the rebellion?
It is the view of this chronicle that the great rebellion of 1215 has come about for the following reasons...
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