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Stephen Church on King John - Monarch
Born: John Lackland, 1166, OxfordClick hee for tickets - £40 each

The youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, John was given the disparaging nickname John Lackland by his father and failure seemed to dog his reign. He was forced to cede most of England's remaining territories in France, managed to lose the Crown Jewels in the Wash and, after civll war erupted in England was obliged to mollify the barons by signing the Magna Carta (the 800th anniversary of which we celebrate this year).

Despite this seeming fecklessness John was in fact an educated and cultured man (and the first English speaking king since the Norman Conquest) who initiated many reforms. Perhaps his bad press comes from living in the shadow of his illustrious elder brother Richard the Lionheart and his infamous role in the (almost certainly fictional) Robin Hood stories.

Stephen Church is professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelfth-century kingship, especially the reign of King John. He is a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries and is actively involved in the national commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. His definitive biography of King John was published this year by Pan MacMillan to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

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