King John and the Historians

  title={King John and the Historians},
  author={C. Warren Hollister},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • C. Hollister
  • Published 1 November 1961
  • History
  • Journal of British Studies
King John Lackland was surely one of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule England. The dramatic ambivalence of his personality, the passions that he stirred among his own contemporaries, the very magnitude of his failures, have made him an object of endless fascination to historians and biographers. Whose interests would not be piqued by the man who was recently described by a distinguished scholar as “cruel and ruthless, violent and passionate, greedy and self-indulgent, genial and… 
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