Friday, January 13, 2012

The tomb of King John

The wonderful cathedral in Worcester contains the tomb of King John of England who ruled from 1166 to 1216. John is best known i guess for being the king the barons revolted against which led to the signing of the Magna Carta. John's reign is also notable for the loss of the duchy of Normandy, he was also excommunicated by the Pope for a time. Over the years the King and his performance have received a great deal of criticism (though his conflict with the Pope was looked upon favourably during the Reformation).

Nowadays he is regarded by historians as having being a hard-working administrator though had some notable personality defects such as pettiness and cruelty.
Tomb of King John, Worcester P9020069

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