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King John

An Underrated King

Graham E. Seel
 

King John

Presents a compelling reevaluation of the reign of King John.

Imprint: Anthem Press
Paperback
ISBN 9780857285188
August 2012 | 244 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 | 15+ bw figures and maps
 
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9780857285188

About This Book

‘“King John: An Underrated King” is, without a doubt, an excellent introduction to political, social and religious aspects of twelfth and thirteenth century England. The author draws a clear portrait of king John without losing his readers in a labyrinth of family dramas and shifting alliances.” —Geneviève Pigeon, ‘Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies’

‘King John is one of the most interesting and controversial figures in English history, provoking extreme responses from both contemporaries and modern historians. The general opinion is that John was a bad king, perhaps the worst to have worn the English crown. In this volume Graham Seel reviews the sources for, and the historiography of, John’s reign in order to understand how this poor reputation has been acquired. He explores its key events and decisions, and attempts to place them within the context of contemporary expectations and norms. The result is a sympathetic reinterpretation that offers a well-informed yet accessible introductory survey, and which provides a readable and critical summary of all the main arguments. It will serve as a useful and attractive starting point for the general interest reader, students of A-level history, and first year undergraduates.’ —Professor Mark Bailey, University of East Anglia

‘“King John: An Underrated King” is, without a doubt, an excellent introduction to political, social and religious aspects of twelfth and thirteenth century England. The author draws a clear portrait of king John without losing his readers in a labyrinth of family dramas and shifting alliances.” —Geneviève Pigeon, ‘Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies’

Through contextual analysis and by reassessing the chronicle evidence, ‘King John: An Underrated King’ presents a compelling reevaluation of the reign of King John, England’s most maligned sovereign. With its thought-provoking analysis of the key issues of John’s reign, such as the loss of the French territories, British achievement, Magna Carta, relations with the church, and civil war, the volume presents an engaging argument for rehabilitating King John’s reputation. Each chapter features both narrative and contextual analysis, and is prefaced by a timeline outlining the key events of the period. The volume also contains an array of maps and diagrams, as well as a collection of useful study questions.

Readership: Part of the Anthem Perspectives in History series, this volume will be a useful resource for A level and undergraduate students of history, as well as the interested general reader.

Author Information

Graham E. Seel studied history at the University of St Andrews, 1982–1986. From there he proceeded to Cambridge University where he undertook a PGCE, for which he was awarded a Distinction. He has published widely on English history, and he is currently Head of History at St Paul’s School, London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of Figures; Chapter 1 Outline of the Reign; Chapter 2 John in the Shadows, 1167–1199; Chapter 3 An ‘Imperial’ Inheritance?; Chapter 4 War of Succession and the Loss of Continental Territories, 1199–1204; Chapter 5 Efforts to Regain the French Territories, 1205–1214; Chapter 6 The British Perspective: Scotland, Ireland and Wales, 1199–1214; Chapter 7 Sacerdotium and Regnum, 1199–1214; Chapter 8 Administration, Justice and Finance; Chapter 9 Civil War: A False Start, 1215; Chapter 10 Civil War Renewed, 1215–1216; Chapter 11 Conclusion: Will the Real King John Please Stand Up?; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Further Reading; Questions; Index

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