King John “Lackland” of England, favorite son of King Henry II, received the nickname because his father had no land to give him. As noted in a previous column, John, the younger brother of King Richard the Lionhearted, tried to overthrow his brother. Returning from the Crusades in 1194, Richard forgave John, who was condemned by the country’s barons because of taxes. In 1215, the barons presented a resolution with the Magna Carta, which he signed but didn’t follow. Retreating from an invasion by Prince Louis of France, John and his entourage crossed the Wash in East Anglia. This treacherous tidal mud flat experienced an unusually high tide, washing away his treasures, including the crown of jewels. The flood caused King John’s death of dysentery in October 1216.

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