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- William de Braose was one of the
few people who knew King John had murdered his nephew to get hold of
the Crown. Unfortunately, his wife, Matilda, had a big mouth. She
starting telling people. John locked her and her son up in
and left them to starve to death. The desperate lady ate part
of her dead son before she finally died too!
- King John took Fulk FitzWarin’s
lands and made him an outlaw in Windsor Forest,
a bit like Robin Hood.
This forest spread all the way to Newbury
in those days. John often
stayed in that town after a hard day’s hunting, when it became too
late for him to get home before nightfall. He set up St.
Bartholomew's Hospital there.
- Fulk went off on lots of
adventures but, later returned to Windsor disguised as a charcoal
burner. He led John into an ambush and made him give him back all his
- King John gave the head of St.
Philip to Reading Abbey, where pilgrims
liked to visit it!
- Because John passed lots of bad
laws and raised taxes, the Barons rebelled against him. There were
lots of Battles between the two sides. The Barons often met at
Loddon Bridge (in Earley) to discuss their plans. King John managed to
capture some of them and they were imprisoned at Sonning
Bishop's Palace. However, he was often on
the run himself and used to hide in Newbury with an old spinning woman!
- Eventually they forced King John
to promise to be good. He rode out from Windsor Castle and signed the ‘Magna Carta’
at Runnymede, near Old Windsor.
- King John broke all his promises
and the Barons asked the King of France to send an army to overthrow
him. Windsor Castle was besieged again, but John died and the Barons
made peace with the Earl of Pembroke who
ruled for his son.
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