What was wrong with King John?


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History Today
Vol. 7, no. 12 (December 1957), p. 806-812


"A clever, amusing, unreliable, distrustful, and thoroughly bad man," writes a modern historian of an English monarch who has left a reputation for evil second only to Richard III's. Here an attempt is made to sift the facts of the case from the lurid legend that surrounds them