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Friday, October 19, 2007
Ruthless Tyrant?
Runnymeade was not my favorite meadow after the Summer of 1215. Who Am I?

October 19, 1216
(illness)

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Blogger Sam said...
Would that be King John of England, and 1215 was when he signed the Magna Carta.
(I hope I spelled that right, lol.)

Blogger Sam said...
OK - looked it up. Found this.

"...A series of meetings were set up at Runnymeade in June of 1215. The barons presented John with Magna Carta on June 15, 1215 and the document was basically a list of grievances the barons had against their king. Magna Carta was never signed and in fact was only a verbal agreement between John and the barons.

The pope declared Magna Carta invalid on August 25, 1215 and civil war quickly ensued, lasting a little over a year. However, John died abruptly on October 19, 1216, of an intestinal ailment at the Bishop of Norwhich's castle. He was buried at the cathedral of St. Wulstam in Worchester. John was then succeeded by his nine-year-old son who would become Henry III."

Now, I didn't know the document was never signed, and intestinal ailment my foot - lol. I bet he was poisoned.
:-)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
LOL Sam, on the poisoning. I've actually read some articles that suggest the same thing. And, years ago, I read a historical romance in which he was one of the villains and, in fact, was poisoned by the heroine's cook. So, you never know, but for today - you're right!!

Blogger No Nonsense Girl said...
I did saw him before but couldn't have identified him.

Have a great day!!!! :)

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