Not the Tudors.

King John: England, Magna Carta and the making of a tyrantDid anyone watch David Starkey’s Magna Carta on BBC2 a few weeks ago?

If you enjoyed the story of King John being bullied by his barons into agreeing that life, liberty and property were ‘no longer wholly at the king’s untrammelled disposal’ you might enjoy this new biography ‘King John –England, Magna Carta and the making of a tyrant’ by Stephen Church.

Billed as a definitive and ‘visceral’ biography of King John, it’s published to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The author draws on contemporary sources to tell John’s story from childhood to accession, rebellion and civil war and explains what went wrong.