Monday, June 15, 2009

Today In History: The Magna Carta & King John

On June 15Th 1215 King John of England Seals the Magna Carta. The youngest son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. He was a Plantagenet or Angevin king of England. The popular legend king who was arch enemy of Robin Hood. In the Disney version of Robin Hood King John in his sleep calls out for mommy. Which as a child I thought was very funny. The reason probably being that the real King John had a very turbulent child hood and his mother Eleanor was imprisoned some 16 years by his father. He is probably best-known for having acquiesced to the barons of English nobility, to seal the document The Magna Carta, a document which limited kingly power in England and which is popularly thought as an early first step in the evolution of modern democracy.


  1. I don't think I've fully read a Robin Hood Story, though just have it in the back of my mind from a nursery rhyme or something of that nature.
    King John was also portrayed in Sharon K. Penman's Henry II trilogy which I highly recommend.

  2. Thanks Marie I will have to add that to my list of want to read.


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