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- John was the youngest son of
King Henry II & Queen Eleanor (of Acquitaine). He lived Medieval
Times, in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
- He grew up at Windsor Castle
where his mother spoilt him rotten.
- He used to play chess with a boy
called Fulk FitzWarin, whose family lived at Wantage. They once got
into an argument over a game and Fulk hit the young prince. John
squealed to his father but just got punished for telling tales. He
hated Fulk after that.
- When John grew up, he became
cunning and devious. He wanted to be King.
- When his brother, Good
King Richard, went away to the Holy Land fighting a Crusade, he left
his chancellor in charge. So John persuaded the Barons to put the chancellor
on trial at Loddon Bridge (in Winnersh) for things he'd done wrong.
- Then John took over the country.
everyone Koing Richard had been killed abroad.
- He set himself up in Windsor
Castle, but the Queen-Mother found out the truth. She had the Barons lay
siege to the Castle until John surrendered.
- Eventually King Richard died.
His nephew, twelve-year-old Prince Arthur, should have been King next.
However, John captured him and stabbed him to death!
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