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John, 1199-1216


King John was nicknamed Lackland, probably because, as the youngest of Henry II's five sons, it was difficult to find a portion of his father's French possessions for him to inherit. He was acting king from 1189 during his brother Richard the Lion-Heart's absence on the Third Crusade. The legend of Robin Hood dates from this time in which John is portrayed as Bad King John. He was involved in intrigues against his absent brother, but became king in 1199 when Richard was killed in battle in France.


Seaby John, 1199-1216 Grading Price Pic.
1351 Short Cross Penny, class 5b, Canterbury. SIMON.ON.CANT. 1,45 g vf sold