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. Although both john and the barons agreed to the magna carta peace treaty in 1215 john reformed the english feudal contribution to his campaigns the anonymous play the troublesome reign of king john portrayed the king as a proto protestant martyr . History middle ages for kids in 1215 king john of england was forced to sign the magna carta stating that the king was not above the law of the land and protecting the rights of the people. John byname john lackland french jean sans terre born c 1166 died october 18 19 1216 newark nottinghamshire england king of england from 1199 to 1216 in a war with the french king philip ii he lost normandy and almost all his other possessions in france . John john 1167 1216 was king of england from 1199 to 1216 the magna carta 1 or great charter was issued during his reign born on dec 24 1167 john was the youngest son of king henry ii 2 and eleanor of aquitaine 3
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