Definition of King John
1. Noun. Youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216).
Group relationships: Plantagenet, Plantagenet Line
Generic synonyms: King Of England, King Of Great Britain
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1. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1892)
"See under King, John. DD (1559 ?-l621). <ing, John (d. 16791 139 vine, John, ... See King. John (d. 1676). first Lord; King, Robert (d. 1693), second Lord. ..."
2. The Shakespeare reader: with notes, historical and grammatical by W.S. Dalgleish by William Shakespeare (1871)
"CHATILLON, ambassador from France to King John. The EARL OP PEMBROKE. ... THIS Play covers the whole reign of King John, a period of seventeen years. ..."
3. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"OP THE CHANCELLORS DURING THE REIGN OF King John. WE have now materials for an exact history of the Great Seal. From the beginning of the reign of King John ..."
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