The History of England

By David Crowther

On Going since Dec 2010 • Updated weekly

A weekly podcast on the History of England from the arrival of the house of Wessex with Cerdic in 516 to probably about 1901

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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 18 Feb 2012

As a younger man, John had been given the nickname Lackland because unlike his brothers he didn't have his own appanage. At the Treaty of Le Goulet in May 1200 he acquired the name Softsword - people couldn't understand why he'd signed away Gisors, parts of Berry, £20,000 and bent his knee to Phillip. On the other hand, John probably felt he'd had a good deal. Then John caused fury with the Lusignan by stealing their bride, they appealed to Phillip and and Phillip declared John to be stripped of his lands. But at the start of the war, John gets off to a flyer.. . .