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This review is from: Life and Times of King John (Kings & Queens of England) (Hardcover)
Although, at the outset, Ashley's prose doesn't always flow as easily as it did in his account of William I, he soon overcomes these superficial problems and gives an interesting and challenging perspective on this intriguing character. Mind you, he still has a tendency to sound a little Blimp-ish at times. For example, describing one of the principle figures of the time as a: "veritable Pooh-Bah" and quoting a line from "If" by Rudyard Kipling. And then - once again - we have him elaborating on King John's character before he's finished describing the events of the reign. As in his account of William I, this should really have been left to the end of the work, but if you're willing to overlook these eccentric glitches this is still a worthwhile read.
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