- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Anthem Press (1 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857285181
- ISBN-13: 978-0857285188
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King John: An Underrated King (Anthem Perspectives In History) Paperback – 1 Aug 2012
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‘“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 AngliaSee all Product Description
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The stereotype of 'bad King John' has been one that has been repeated throughout history and it's exciting to see a book such as this which challenges the typical and accepted view of John.
Seel makes excellent use of a wide range of sources and his writing style is thoroughly enjoyable to read.
I had the chance to watch a lecture of his and his writing style is similar to his lectures - enjoyable, personable and funny.
Well worth a read.
be made to believe. He was stuck basically between a rock and a hard place for most of his reign but one thing is sure he put England first
not France ( unlike a certain older brother using England as a cash cow)
Although hard work going through the Magna Carta itself a very good read it makes, well done to Mr Seel for putting the record straight.
If anyone does think that the new telling is humbug just work it out for yourself with the things John was meant to have done he would
of long since met with a accident!
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