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  • Fine, timely... jaunty, authoritative... Morris has already proven himself as a 13th-century royal biographer - his study of Edward I is a modern classic. He is on form here, too. His split-chronology approach to John’s life before and after the loss of Normandy highlights just how disastrous it was for the king’s reign and reputation.

    DAN JONES, Sunday Times
  • Outstanding ... This is by far the best book on the monarch’s reign since W L Warren’s trail-blazing biography, King John, written in 1961 – with the literary bravura of which Morris’ book may not unfavourably be compared.

    BBC History Magazine
  • An excellent and sardonic new biography of King John. It will delight all who enjoyed his books on 1066 and Edward I.

  • A masterpiece of historical writing… Morris is a wonderful storyteller

  • A riveting and timely portrait of an execrable king

    Jessie Childs, author of God's Traitors

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