King John Good Or Bad

Points on King John's Actions

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Was
King
John
G ood
or
Bad?
Ki
n g
John '
s br
other
R i
ch ar
d
spent
E ngl
a nd'
s mo ney
on the
C r
u sades,
l
ea vi
ng
Engl
a nd
ba nkr
up t
and poor.
Wh en John began hi
s r
eign he
a i
me d
to f
ix
Engl
a nd'
s mo ney
p r
ob l
ems
an d
run a
ri
ch
country.
John i
s usual
ly
seen as
gr
eed y
and unfai
r when
it
come s
to
mo ney,
b ut
some
of
that
ma y
b e
untrue
as
he
start
ed off
wit
h good i
n t
enti
on s.
John spent
ti
me
running England and
staying
in
h i
s count
ry t
o r
u n
it
and make
t
he r
u l
es.
H i
s br
o t
her Richard
spen t
most
o f
hi
s t
ime
in
for
e i
gn countr
ies
f
ight
ing
a nd
lef
t ot
he r
s i
n contr
o l
,
how ever
John
show ed
loyalt
y t
o hi
s countr
y
and
stayi
n g
w i
th
E ngl
a nd
a nd
it
s people
to hel
p enfor
ce
safet
y and l
aw s.
The l
aw
courts
w er
e
improved and ma de
stronger
during
Joh n'
s r
eign.
O t
her
ki
ngs l
et
ba r
ons get
a way l
ight
ly
w i
th cr
imes because they
w er
e
ri
ch or
a
f
ri
end of
the r
oya l
f
amily
bu t
John mad e
sure t
hat
e ver
yon e
w as
tr
e at
ed f
a i
rl
y
and
given t
he same puni
sh ment.
John had
a r
gume nts
w i
th t
he
C hur
ch. How ever
, t
he r
e cor
ds tel
li
ng what
happened duri
ng
a ki
ng '
s r
eign were
a l
l
writ
ten
b y
mo nks
a nd
they would
ha ve
obvi
ously
be en
o n
the Church's
side.
I
f t
he mo nks
had
been
biased,
then
some of
the
things
Jo hn
ma y have done t
o anger t
he Church may have been
i
nvented by
the mon ks
to
g i
ve John a
bad
name .
John i
s sai
d t
o have mu r
d er
e d
his
nep hew Art
hu r
.
O n
the ot
h er
hand evi
d ence
now shows t
h at
Art
h ur
ma y
ha ve
bee n
plot
ti
n g
w i
th
the Fr
e nch
to
kil
l
John .
I
f
John
ha d
kil
led
A r
thur,
he could
have
heard about
the pl
ot
an d
w ant
ed
to
save
hi
s l
i
fe.
Ki
n g
John
w as
fi
ghti
n g
France .
Wh en
he
shou l
d have
g one
strai
ght
int
o
Fr
a nce
or sent
hi
s tr
oop s
across t
he chann el
t
o f
ight
back,
Jo hn
sat
in
his
pal
ace wo nderi
ng when
the
b est
t
ime
to
se ek
revenge on France
w oul
d be.
Thi
s l
ater
led
to hi
m ma king
p eace wi
th t
he
French,
w hi
ch t
h e
barons saw as
bei
ng we ak.
Because John had argume nt
s wit
h the
C hurch
the count
ry was put
under
an
i
nter
d i
ct
(not
being abl
e t
o
perfor
m a
service
in
C hur
c h)
.
T hi
s sent
England
i
nto
pa ni
c t
hat ever
yo ne
w ould
go t
o
H el
l
for
not
w or
s hi
pping God as
they
shoul
d.
England was overt
axed i
n
John '
s r
eign.
The
barons may have been t
he worst
hi
t
by t
a xes
beca use
they had t
o pay scut
ag e
tax,
which was a
lot
of
mo ney
and
h ad
to be
pa i
d t
o t
h e
K i
ng.
I
n 1216 aft
er
h e
had
signed Mag na
C ar
ta John br
oke
the
rules
stat
ed on t
he
docume nt
.
T hi
s was breaki
ng
a promise
n ot
onl
y t
o
the bar
o ns
but
to
his
count
ry and bei
ng self
ish
bec ause
he
had
eventuall
y gi
ven t
h e
barons
their
say
and
now
he
w as
remo vi
ng i
t.
John died
the ver
y same
ye ar
.
Not
on l
y was John hungry
for
mo ney but
he had l
onge d
for
pow er
befor
e he
got
t
h e
throne.
Wh en Richar
d
w as
cap t
ured i
n Germa ny John
tri
ed t
o sei
ze
t
he t
h r
one
and become ki
ng i
n
the
ho pe
that
R i
chard would
n ever
r
eturn.
Ri
ch ar
d came
ba ck
to
E ngl
an d
an d
beca me ki
ng
once mo r
e .

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