‘Bad King John’ by Eleanor Farjeon

‘Bad King John’Magna Carta - Law and Legacy

by Eleanor Farjeon

“John, John, bad King John
Shamed the throne that he sat on;
Not a scruple, not a straw,
Cared this monarch for the law;
Promises he daily broke;
None could trust a word he spoke;
So the Barons brought a Deed;
Down to rushy Runnymede…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Today marks the 800th anniversary of King John putting his seal on the Magna Carta, in ‘Bad King John’ Eleanor Farjeon speculates on the mood around that time.

As part of the Magna Carta celebrations Surrey Libraries has a display touring several branches throughout the year. Click here to find out more.

Don’t forget to join us on Twitter on the 30th June for this month’s Read Watch Play where the theme will be #legalread.


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