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The Lost Treasure of King John: The Fenland's Greatest Mystery [Paperback]

Richard Waters
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25 Jan 2006
The Lost Treasure of King John - Second Edition

On 12th October 1216, King John lost his treasure crossing a tidal estaury in the Washes between Norfolk and Lincolnshire, on a journey from King's Lynn to Swineshead.

This is history as it has been given to us by near contemporary chroniclers, but it is the truth? What was the treasure? Where did it happen? Has anything ever been found? Who were the chroniclers? Was the death of the King connected to the loss of the treasure? Was the King poisoned the very night of the incident in the Wash? Who was Brother Simon? Why were the Knights Templar so wealthy in the near vicinity?

The Author gathers together as much geographical and historical information as he can and tries to explore all the accounts to get to the truth, coming up with some interesting theories as to what might really have happened to England's lost crown jewels almost 800 years ago.

The Second Edition, includes additonal research and photographs. With a full Index and Bibliography.


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Tucann Design & Print (25 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873257651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873257654
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,816,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Following the success of the First Edition of "The Lost Treasure of King John", I recieved a great deal of correspondence from people. I am most grateful for this, and much of the additional research in the Sedond Edition has been triggered by, or is in answer to, the points raised and theories of those correspondants.

As the original point of the book was to compile as much information as was available on this interesting subject, I didnt feel right republishing the book in it's First Edition format without expanding the research as far as I could with my new leads and information.

If you buy the book, I hope that you enjoy it. It isn't the biggest book in the world, but it is an interesting one, and is supported with colour photos, maps, a full index and bibliography.

Richard Waters

About the Author

Richard Waters was born in Lincolnshire and has an interest in local history. His work as a bridge engineer for Lincolnshire County Council has allowed him to travel the county widely, talking to people and picking up snippets of local folklore along the way.

Richard lives with his wife and with two children in a village near Lincoln.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it or wasn't it? 25 May 2009
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This small book is about the evidence surrounding the loss of King John's treasure in the Wash. One of the most long lived of historical mysteries surrounds the disappearance of a large amount of valuable artefacts apparently during King John's last journey through Lincolnshire to his death in Newark castle.

The author brings together all the available evidence surrounding this mystery in a readable fashion and the book will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about this famous conundrum. I found it interesting for the other possible explanations for the disappearance of the treaure and for its exploration of the contemporary evidence for the loss. I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the history of this area of the country.
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