fun fact

One of the kings my family is directly descended from is King John ‘Lackland’ I, made famous from the Robin Hood stories. Well, he was a real person, and is being portrayed in the upcoming Robin Hood movie with gladiator Russell Crowe in the title role.

….He doesn’t look very happy.

I don’t know if I’ll see the movie, but cool, right? At least this one didn’t disembowel William Wallace.

John (24 December 1167 – 19 October 1216) was King of England from 6 April 1199 until his death. He acceded to the throne as the younger brother of King Richard I, who died without issue. John was the youngest of five sons of King Henry II of England and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and was their second surviving son to ascend the throne; thus, he continued the line of Plantagenet or Angevin kings of England.

Apart from entering popular legend as the enemy of Robin Hood, he is perhaps best-known for having acquiesced – to the barons of English nobility – to seal Magna Carta, a document which limited kingly power in England and which is popularly thought as an early step in the evolution of limited government.

-from Wikipedia

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