An effigy of King John (Worcester Cathedral)
from Samuel R Gardiner’s ‘History of England’
A rhyming romp through a particular period
Banished from Ireland for a good reason
and then committing an act of treason;
responsible for murders, uprisings;
provoking the Pope’s severe chastisings;
killing sons of the Welsh nobility;
losing French land through incivility;
divorcing Isabel of Gloucester (kin);
calling their bond consanguineous sin.
Duplicitous about Magna Carta;
kidnapping his young enamorata.
North, in Lincolnshire, losing his war chest,
which seems like carelessness, or a poor jest;
contracting vile dysentry at Swinehead:
Runnymede in his system, it’s been said.
Newark Gate-House was as far as he reached.
There he expired, before being impeached.