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Why Did The Barons Rebel Against King John In 1216 Essay

  • Submitted by: BladeBabe
  • on March 22, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 656 words

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Why Did The Barons Rebel Against King John In 1216?

In this essay I will explain why I think the barons rebelled against King John. There are many reasons.
In the year 1912 and the barons rebel against king John, after him not obeying the Magna Carta, which he signed just to gain time to build up his army. Once the barons rebelled the barons and John fought little battles taking over each others castles and such, but did not have one big war because both sides were afraid of losing with the other as their armies were equally as strong at the time but,eventually the barons won because John died of dysentery after drinking too much booze and eating too many peaches. So then his 9 year old son became king, which settled the war.
A king has to have the church on his side, because a Medieval King was supposed to be God's representative on earth. But John, quarrelled with the Pope about who was to be archbishop of Canterbury, refusing the Pope's choice. The Pope put an interdict on John's lands which meant services couldn't be held in churches, and no weddings or burials could be done. The pope excommunicated King John and when he threatened to do the same to his soldiers, King John gave in.
John   was a good king in only very few aspects which were that he looked good, had a heir and he kept law and order. Yet in the rest of the jobs he was quite a bad king, for example he only supported the church when it fitted with what he wanted, he also didn't listen to the advice of the barons , another thing was that he collected very high taxes he also didn't lead his army to war and lost all of his wars.

One of the important reasons was thing the King was meant to do was to consult his barons, but John only listened to a few favourite mercenary soldiers, not the barons. This made the barons angry, the barons felt they could not trust John and that John did not trust them.

The king was expected to lead his own army. The barons refused to support John's wars in France...

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