King john the life reign of the english king who agreed magna carta sean mcglynn on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers bad king john has the unenviable widespread reputation of being the worst king ever to sit on the throne of england while many historians have tried to portray the king in a more positive light. The anonymous play the troublesome reign of king john portrayed the king as a proto protestant martyr similar to that shown in john bales morality play kynge johan in which john attempts to save england from the evil agents of the roman church. John john 1167 1216 was king of england from 1199 to 1216 the magna carta or great charter was issued during his reign born on dec 24 1167 john was the youngest son of king henry ii and eleanor of aquitainewhen henry first assigned provinces to his sons john received no share hence his nickname lackland. John biography of john king of england from 1199 to 1216 who lost many of his kingdoms french possessions and was forced to seal magna carta in 1215 in november 1212 he agreed to accept langton and the popes terms one of the most detested of english kings johns reign was characterized by failure yet while he must bear a . In the lawmaking process king john agreed to consult the great council which evolved into which branch of modern english government 1 year in england during his reignn it was in 884
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