Read King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta by Marc Morris Online

king-john-treachery-tyranny-and-the-road-to-magna-carta

The brilliantly compelling new biography of the treacherous and tyrannical King John, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? InThe brilliantly compelling new biography of the treacherous and tyrannical King John, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this book, bestselling historian Marc Morris draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to bring the real John vividly to life.John was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a figure with terrible flaws. In two interwoven stories, we see how he went from being a youngest son with limited prospects to the ruler of the greatest dominion in Europe, an empire that stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. We discover how, having lost most of his lands in France, he battled for the rest of his life to win them back. His rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder. His reign saw oppression on an almost unprecedented scale: former friends hounded into exile and oblivion; Wales, Scotland and Ireland invaded; harsh fines and huge taxes, the greatest level of financial exploitation since the Norman Conquest. A quarrel with the pope led to the king being excommunicated and England being placed under Interdict; for six years, the church bells remained silent and the dead were buried in unconsecrated ground. John's tyrannical rule climaxed in conspiracy and revolt, and his leading subjects famously forced him to issue Magna Carta, a document binding him and his successors to behave better in future. The king's rejection of the charter led to civil war and foreign invasion, bringing his life to a disastrous close.Authoritative and dramatic, Marc Morris's King John offers a compelling portrait of an extraordinary king, whose reign marked a momentous turning point in the history of Britain and Europe.Contains a translation of Magna Carta: 1215...

Title : King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780099591825
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta Reviews

  • Bubu
    2018-11-22 20:38

    This is difficult to rate.I wish I had bought the Kindle version, which I still may or may not do. Not sure yet. The narration was superb but still difficult to follow because, as with every historical non-fiction book, it is very, very, very detailed. So much so, that I had to rewind quite often. That doesn't mean it was absolutely bad. Besides, I don't know enough of King John, the person, to ascertain how good or bad the book itself was. For those who wish to listen to the audio version, I recommend to read up a little on King John, as I found the number of places, persons and deeds quite overwhelming. Wikipedia, alone, would have been my friend here.EditOkay, with about two days in between, I've noticed that I was still mulling over this book and what to make out of King John. As the narration in the first half of the book jumped back and forth, before John became king and after, a few points stick out (simplified):- His reputation at the time of his coronation was already heavily damaged. He had rebelled against his father in his father's last days, and joined the cause of his brothers; he later tried to take the crown from Richard Lionheart whilst he was in imprisoned.- The loss of Normandie in 1204 was a major setback. Trying to get the lost territories in France back, money was needed. The taxation (other, various words are used but I'll keep it simple) was heavy and seemed - in many cases - arbitrary. For a widowed mother to keep custody of her children to an heir to get a hold of his/her inheritance (to name only two of many ways John tried to raise money), nothing was out of the reach of the king. I say arbitrary for it seemed to be dependent on John's liking or disliking of a person whether said person had to pay the money at all or in what kind of instalments. Sometimes, even payments weren't guaranteed to fulfil John's demands as he could simply demand even more.- The death of Arthur I. of Brittany, his brother Geoffrey's only surviving son, and a serious contender to John's crown, at - supposedly - his own hands, further damaged his reputation and didn't necessarily lead for the baron's to trust their king.- His excommunication from the church over the question who should be Bishop of Canterbury was another blow that took years to mend.- The decline of the economy. Now, here's where I'm not sure if the author was trying to be too nice, as he didn't attribute it directly to John. At the end of the day, wars cost money. Money needs to be raised. Coins were debased. Taxes still needed to be paid, et voilá, the economy suffers. Simply put, of course. And of course, for an economy to suffer other components are important. But if put together, there's no wonder that the economy declined during his reign.- A strong French king who knew how to play the game of changing loyalties, and taking advantage of it.John's reign was catastrophic for the institution 'kingship', and though not everything was entirely his fault, one very important point remains. John's hubris to stand not only above the law but actually be the law, whatever it meant for those who had to experience setbacks which led to bad blood. Not that his ancestors didn't act similarly, but what John didn't seem to understand was the simple concept and consequences of 'action vs. reaction'. Nothing makes that clearer than his wishes in his dying days when he wanted to make amends to at least a few people he had wronged. In other words, he was not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it came to emotional intelligence.

  • Richard Thomas
    2018-12-09 23:38

    This is an absorbing life of King John who is generally and rightly regarded as one of England's worse kings. Marc Morris reviews his reign and his earlier life in detail which reveals John's weaknesses and dishonesty. He is fair in describing the King's good points but sets these against the full picture of a cruel man with weaknesses who had a singular capability to make a bad situation worse. Richard I comes out reasonably well as does Eleanor of Aquitaine; John does not but finishing the book will add much to the understanding of a man and a complex era. In 1066 and all that, Sellars and Yeatman did get John bang to rights. The book ranges widely across England, France, Ireland and Scotland and is rewarding reading for anyone wishing to know more of an age of complicated history and strong personalities. One minor carp is that the book does depart from strict chronology to no apparent benefit - at least for this reader.

  • Mercedes Rochelle
    2018-12-13 02:39

    King John is one of those villains who seems too wicked to be true. It was bad enough that he squeezed his countrymen again and again to fund his fruitless wars. But no man or woman was safe if caught by his displeasure, and even his contemporaries were horrified at his cruelty; starving his victims in dungeons seemed to be his favorite retribution. He behaved with little or no regard for consequences, until caught in the web of his own misbehavior. Once forced to retreat from an intolerable position, he would charm his way back into the good graces of his barons; grants of land (often stolen from them in the first place), money and promises were proffered, though there was no way to know what he would take back in the future. He ruled through fear (often with mercenaries paid by extorted funds) and treachery. This is the kind of king you don’t read about for pleasure. I’ve read about him in the past, and the litany of evil deeds started to weigh on me like a heavy burden. I wasn’t sure I could shoulder more of the same, but fortunately Marc Morris was able to distance the reader from the perils of too much misery. Yes the events happened; it seems impossible that every year he forced more and more money out of rich and poor alike. Yes, he committed many murders, debauched many wives, broke almost all his promises. But we are able to see the events from an academic point of view rather than being thrust into the thick of oppressive bullying. I know he was a tyrant; I’m relieved that I didn’t have to suffer along with his victims. Because John’s younger days were not well documented, the author began with the early part of his reign (1203) when king Philip II of France began driving John from his continental possessions. This was certainly an interesting sequence of events and showed us how his reckless behavior was destined to make lots of enemies: “This frank exchange (with William Marshal) made John predictably angry, and he shut himself away in his chamber. The next day he was nowhere to be found in the castle, and his men were annoyed to discover that he had slipped out of Rouen without them; they eventually caught up with him on the coast at Bonneville-sur-Touques, more than fifty miles away.” Apparently John made a habit of slipping away like a thief in the night, especially when things started to get uncomfortable. Like his father, he was constantly on the move and could cover great distances in a remarkably short time. No one could figure him out, but his actions were usually not favorable. As I expected, in the second chapter we went back to his father’s reign so we could get some background. That was fine and necessary. But for the next several chapters, the author decided to take us back and forth from post-coronation to pre-coronation to post-coronation again, etc. As a reader I had a difficult time following the events; I couldn’t hang on to the chronology. Frustratingly, each chapter ended with a “bang”, and then the story picked up somewhere else, which slowed down the momentum. Every time I had to go back two chapters and figure out where he left off. It wasn’t until halfway through the book that the chronology finally “caught up”, and from then on the events were in proper succession. That worked a lot better for me.It was interesting to see just how far John was able to go before his barons presented him with the Magna Carta; the mystical power of kingship almost did give him unlimited dominion over his subjects. It was also curious to see how the Pope’s overuse of excommunication lost its potency. In the end, it seems, Might was Right and as usual in the feudal world, the guys with the biggest armies won. Throughout, the narrative flowed well and I'm glad I read this book, which I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nigeyb
    2018-12-07 02:25

    "He was a very bad man, more cruel than all others" - the Anonymous of Bethune Like most British people, I knew King John had signed Magna Carta and was generally known as “Bad King John”, but that was about it.I bought King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta by Marc Morris primarily because it was an Audible deal of the day and looked interesting. A very good decision as it turned out.In an unlikely tune of events, given John was the youngest son of Henry II, he became King of England on 6 April 1199. However, he soon lost the great Continental empire assembled by his ancestors (Anjou, Normandy and Brittany) and spent the remainder of his reign trying to regain it, often to the exclusion of all else.There are two concurrent narratives: John’s route to the throne, and John’s attempts to get his French land back. What clearly emerges are John’s shortcomings. His judgement was frequently awry, he was politically inept, he was often cowardly and cruel, his decision making was short termist and cack handed, indeed there’s very little to recommend him. Being charitable, he was full of energy, and generally on the move, and it’s no wonder he died relatively young in 1216 aged 49.King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta is an engrossing, pacy account of an incident-strewn reign and brilliantly compelling. I will be reading more history books by Marc Morris. I also now want to fill in more gaps in my historical knowledge.It’s also a great follow on from The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century, which I recently read and greatly enjoyed. 4/5

  • Blair Hodgkinson
    2018-12-10 21:33

    As expected, Marc Morris presents a well-researched and detailed study of the life and reign of King John. Morris sifts effectively through often-conflicting chronicles (both contemporary and subsequent) and scholarship to support his conclusions about the king's character and style of kingship. The text of Magna Carta is included. The book's emphasis on the importance of this event in John's reign is in the proper perspective of his time. (It was only later in history that the charter won greater fame and influence.) This is an excellent overview of John's life, covering all the major events that shaped not only his life, but much history of England. His behaviour as royal son and prince, king, brother, father and Christian is studied and evaluated. John's much-praised administrative ability is not overlooked in this study, but is placed in perspective to the rest of his kingship, where it is not, as some 20th century historians had it, his most important trait. Instead, John's whole character is reviewed, leading to the conclusion that for all John's genius as an administrator, he was wanting in many other areas required for effective medieval kingship.Picking this book up, I was expecting a fairly straight-forward bashing of John's character, but after having read it, my impression is that Morris has delivered as balanced a study of John the man and the king as is possible at a remove of eights centuries and after the accretion of countless lies, legends and errors to his historical aura. He neither overpraises nor underpraises John, recognizing his few virtues, his talents and his failings in a manner that struck me as quite fair.

  • Chris
    2018-12-13 23:35

    Morris shows how King John's disastrous reign led to the loss of the Plantangenet empire on the European continent during the early years of his tenure. He was an ineffective commander, leading troops by threats of punishment and tyranny rather than by inspiration. He was seen as a cruel and fickle ruler by his contemporaries. As a means for punishment, he would frequently lock away his enemies and starve them to death. He did not honor his promises or agreements, making him untrustworthy to his enemies and allies alike. His oppression of the Scots and Welsh ended up pushing both of these groups into an alliance with the English Barons, who, during the last years of John's reign, went into open rebellion against their King. The result of this was the Magna Carta, which stated that a king must govern within the law and was the first step in preventing a repeat of his type of tyrannical reign.The book begins a couple of years into his reign and continues chronologically every other chapter. In the first half of the book, the alternating chapters are flash-backs to John's childhood and early adulthood. These flash-back chapters are quite effective in revealing how his unsavory character began to develop and fit in quite well with the main timeline. I would recommend this book to those interested in delving into the details of King John's reign.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-26 20:44

    Very well presented and researched - King John is one of my favourite historical figures (Good Lord what does that say about me??!!).I am more of an 'insights' person than a 'dates and figures' person and this book caters more to the latter but that's just my personal taste.I think I would have preferred to read rather than listen to this as the audio delivery was very dry and I would have liked the opportunity to skim read the bits that were boring me rather than rolling my eyes and shouting come on get to the good bits!!!

  • Caroline
    2018-12-04 22:25

    Whilst Richard III has found his supporters in ever-growing numbers in recent years, there has been no such reevaluation or redemption for England's other black legend, King John. And, as Marc Morris ably demonstrates, there is good reason for this. Richard III didn't reign for long enough for any real evaluation of his reign, and his track record prior to his accession was one of proven loyalty and steadfastness. Richard III was damned by history effectively because he lost at Bosworth - had he gone on to a long and stable reign it is unlikely we would view him as the evil hunchback bequeathed to us by Shakespeare.John on the other hand had a history of treachery and betrayal as long as your arm, even before he became king, betraying his father on his deathbed and his brother Richard whilst the latter was on crusade. He most definitely did murder his nephew Arthur, potentially even by his own hand. He was cruel beyond even the standards of his time, murdering hostages, starving captives to death, defying the chivalric convention that expected defeated noble enemies to be held in honourable captivity. He was an incredibly poor politician, alienating his barons by his excessive financial demands, needlessly provoking them with his high-handed behaviour before trying to woo them back once he needed them. And whilst he did not shy away from warfare, he was not personally courageous, often cutting and running in the face of conflict, earning himself the sobriquet 'Softsword' to go alongside his youthful nickname of 'Lackland'.It was a turbulent era, with a great deal of back and forth of military fortunes and political infighting and conflict, but Morris lays it out in a concise and readable manner, neither condescending to the reader nor assuming too much knowledge. I had previously read and enjoyed his book on Edward I and this book was equally as enjoyable a read, although the chapter-by-chapter jumping back and forth of the chronology threw me a little bit. Whilst this is by no means a whitewashing on John's reign (and it would be impossible to do so without resorting to flights of fantasy), neither it is a thorough castigation.John's legacy, after all, is a mixed one. As Morris points out, John may have lost all of the Continental possessions of his ancestors, reducing the once mighty Angevin Empire to little more than the kingdom of England, but it was through his tyranny that the Magna Carta was bequeathed to posterity. Whilst in his lifetime John never came to terms with the Great Charter, seeking to evade its provisions through appeal to the Pope, the Charter came to signify the rights of subjects against a tyrant, enshrining the concept for the first time that the king could not act entirely without the consent of the governed, that no-one, not even a king, was above the law. It is a legacy John himself would have loathed, but history ought to thank him for that at least.

  • Marcus Pailing
    2018-11-17 18:49

    Excellent, as I expected.(It also made me actually *read* Magna Carta, the whole way through, for the first time!)

  • Lauren DeMers
    2018-11-17 21:34

    I enjoyed this book about King John and found it to be well researched. However the jumping back and forth between time periods in the first half, two thirds of the book caused a little bit of confusion for me. I had to keep stopping and thinking, "ok, what was happening two chapters ago so I can keep following along with the story." Great information in this book but the time hops is why I knocked it down a star.

  • Les Wilson
    2018-12-07 19:31

    Very informative. I had not realised that my local castle of Hedingham was besieged and also later stayed at by King John. It also put. Me right in regards to my understanding of the Magna Carta.

  • Kristi Richardson
    2018-11-18 23:24

    “To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Magna CartaI grew up with the evil King John from the Disney “Robin Hood” or the other tales told of King John as the evil King that ruled when Robin Hood was around. I also remember him as the pimply youth from “The Lion in Winter.” Mr. Morris shows us that he was much more complicated than we have been told. He also did not live in the same time as Robin Hood per scholars. This is King John’s story. He was not England’s best King but was he truly the worst, or more a victim of the times. His family had only ruled England when his father Henry II took power and they were more French than English. His mother was the famous Eleanor of Aquitaine who divorced the King of France to marry Henry, but even that story is more legend than romantic tale. He was the youngest of his brothers and known as “Lackland” because his father had run out of lands to give him at his birth. He grew up in the shadow of his brothers Henry (the young King) and Richard the Lionheart. You can almost start to feel sorry for him. This book is well written and scholarly. If you enjoy English history than you will enjoy this book. My husband can trace his ancestry to King John so I have a special interest in this history. I felt that it read more like a novel than history because I felt very engaged in where the story was going.I especially liked the inclusion of the entire Magna Carta in the back of the book. When you read that you realize the significance of what the nobles asked of their King. I received this book from the publisher in order to write an honest review.

  • Larry
    2018-12-11 02:32

    Though sometimes disjointed (driven by flashbacks as it is), Morris's portrait of King John, one of England's several truly inadequate kings, is both complete (as far as the sources allow) and fair. It's hard to be patient with John. Even if he wasn't the figure many of us grew up detesting (the Prince John of the Robin Hood movies), he lost the English holdings in France and engaged in conflict with his nobles that he couldn't win. His reign did result in the Magna Carta, but it also led to more turmoil and instability (an invasion by the French, uprisings by the nobles) than even bad luck could produce. He even lost the national treasury while on the run from his nobles. His father's nickname from him, "Lackland" (because as the very youngest son he wasn't provided with a territorial base for much of his childhood) proved pedictive, given his losses to the French.Morris writes books that are a bit like those of Dan Jones (on the Plantagenets and the War of the Roses), though they are not organized quite as well

  • Bev
    2018-11-14 22:34

    A first rate biography and for those of us brought up on a diet of Errol Flynn and other versions of Robin Hood, an eye opener as well. Someone once described John to me as a "total shite" and they were not far off the mark, he was a complete villain, but a complex one and also an unfathomable one, because again and again you are left open mouthed trying to work out his motivations. I get that he was money hungry and possibly power hungry, but he had enough of both if he had been sensible, but he seems to have had some sort of self destruct button. Was he likeable? He must have had some charm because he was able to command loyalty from some, while making others despise him. Anyway, this is a beautifully written and beautifully researched book and well worth a read.

  • Jim Kerr
    2018-12-10 19:41

    An incredible portrait of a terribly flawed man who happened to be a king. John is shown to be ruthlessly and unnecessarily cruel, incapable of even the most basic personal relationships, and a completly inept politician. John endlessly dissembled and had frequent changes of mind, often with disastrous results. One wonders what else we would know about him if John had lived in a time with additional documentary evidence.

  • Richard K
    2018-11-25 21:27

    Liked the book. Very insightful. It really shows John as a complex but ultimately very flawed individual

  • Lina
    2018-11-26 19:23

    Good, but a little dry at first a good introduction to this quite infamous queen.

  • Maria
    2018-12-01 21:30

    John was King of England from 1199 to 1216. He born in 1166 and was the son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He is often considered to be the most evil monarch in Britain's history for a variety of reasons and he is familiar in history as being the bad guy in contrast to his brother, the great warrior and crusader, Richard the Lionheart, and in fictional literature for using the Sheriff of Nottingham to persecute Robin Hood. I was always curious about him and as we approach the 802nd anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document famously issued by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215, I read Marc Morris’ outstanding biography to try and get insight on this man and time he lived in. There’s no question that John was a tyrant with a capital “T”, cruel and cowardly as this book reveals. He was a very complicated man who lived in a very complicated time. The quote below is not from Mr. Morris’s book but it aptly describe King John’s reign: “He betrayed his elder brother, Richard the Lionheart, by trying to usurp the throne while Richard was on crusade. He extorted more money from his English subjects than any king since the Norman Conquest. He inherited a vast dominion on the Continent, including Normandy, Anjou and Aquitaine, but lost almost all of it and failed to win any of it back. He took prisoners and hostages, several of whom he starved to death. His nephew and rival, Arthur of Brittany, was murdered on the king’s own orders. In the end John’s subjects rose up in arms against him and demanded reform, forcing the king to commit to Magna Carta. When he rejected the charter a few weeks later the result was chaos and civil war. The English barons offered his crown to the son of the king of France, who invaded and occupied half of the country, including London. John died with his kingdom in flames and his reputation deservedly in tatters.”

  • Chris Miller
    2018-11-17 21:31

    Morris has created as fair and balanced a look at a midieval king as possible in this intriguing biography. The King who as Prince John figures large in the Robin Hood b.s., is shown in a different but sometimes damning light as an historical figure. He is the youngest son in a royal dysfunctional family. He is never going to be a hero in his story, but then again, he is not nearly as villainous or pure evil either. Son of Henry II who had Beckett ‘removed’, and brother of the ‘blessed’ Richard I, ‘Lionheart’, who bankrupted the country for his “King’s Ransom”, when he was captured in Bavaria, travelling incognito from the holy lands. John “Lackland”, with the help of his mother, Katherine of Aragon, becomes a force to reckon with. But with his constant attempts to maintain his foot hold in the continent, and beset by rebellious subjects in the British Isles was forced to use the power of the Exchequer and raise tax collection to a fine art. Unfortunately for John, his Barons and nobility took umbrage, leading to the Great Charter. Morris has done tremendous research and created a great biography.

  • Leslie
    2018-12-11 00:29

    I found it very hard to get through about the first 2/3 of this book, though I really enjoyed the last part. I don't know if it's because I'm not as familiar with the people and places (and a lot of it did seem to be taken up by John going from place to place, getting into arguments with this person or that, which/who all kind of seemed to run together for me), or if it's just that he is such an unappealing character in general. While he had his better moments, they seemed to be few and far between - otherwise, the unremitting greed, disloyalty and cruelty were pretty off-putting. Anyway, I'm sorry to have to give it just 3 stars, since so many other people seemed to like it better.It was definitely worthwhile to read (or at least skim) the complete (translated into modern English) text of Magna Carta

  • Jamie McMahan
    2018-12-08 19:42

    A solid, decent biography. Though it was obviously well researched and quite informative, toward the end of the book major events following John’s sealing of Magna Carta leading up to his death seemed rushed. The final chapters seem more like a general synopsis and chronological timeline than thorough biography and would have benefitted from further fleshing out. Indeed scarcely none of the book is spent informing the reader of the state of affairs following the king’s death. Instead the book just ends abruptly with a brief epilogue, which is quite a contrast to the first third of the book which is spent on the politics of Henry II’s reign, the reign of Richard I and events leading up to John’s accession to the throne of England. A good read, but it did leave me wanting to pick up a slightly more thorough biography to learn more. All in all well written however.

  • Hannah Cohen
    2018-12-02 20:27

    A good overview of the life of King John, especially to those who have little to none knowledge. Unfortunately the text was filled with information that I already knew. I would never consider myself a "King John expert" but I am very familiar with the reigns of most of the Plantagenet kings and queens. The epilogue was by far the most interesting commentary in the book as Morris discusses whether or not John was a "bad" king. (Yes, yes he was.)So, overall a worthy read if you are just starting out in medieval history.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-11 18:39

    I could not finish this book. I had thought I would like Marc Morris as a writer and historian, but neither this nor his book on Edward I did anything for me. The "flashbacks" seemed like too cute of a literary device and took away, in my opinion, from the overall narrative. I thought that Dan Jones book on the Magna Carta much more insightful into John and his reign than this book. Very disappointed.

  • Miriam
    2018-12-11 00:26

    this is a well-researched book about a villainous king with no conscience. we remember him from the the stories of robin hood and the evil king john. the stories were much too nice to the king. though his reig gave rise to the magna carta, the people who lived under his rule never benefitted from this historical document.

  • Damo
    2018-11-18 02:26

    Good canter through the life of a rather nasty King John. Enjoyed it. Good to put some facts behind all the little bits you pick up over the years. He really was a cruel and opportunistic coward. This book explains how he got to such a point that his own barons were ready to wage war on him unless he agreed to sign what became the Magna Carta.

  • Peter C Lyon
    2018-12-09 22:37

    Another masterful exposition of Medieval England, etc, by Morris. He just blows it out of the box in the last chapter on England post Magna Carta, with the nobles' continued rebellion, John's actions, and the French invasion. One quibble is with the maps. Not every location is listed, so we non Brits need to use google maps to supplement our reading.A+++

  • Sean
    2018-12-05 19:41

    Interesting account of the egregious reign of King John and how his arbitrary, treacherous rule led to the necessity of the Magna Carta. Structurally, this book was oddly arranged - the primary reason for my rating.

  • Kate
    2018-11-26 00:45

    Actual rating: 3.5

  • Laura
    2018-12-04 01:46

    Unfortunately, I got a little bored with this one :-( I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the text itself, but I found myself nodding off more than paying attention

  • Theresa
    2018-12-07 19:51

    Such an interesting and very important period of history. Writing about John lack land to John the Tyrant, Marc Morris does not disappoint - highly recommended!