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John, King of England

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Birthday
24, 1166
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 19, 1216 (49)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
24, 1166
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 19, 1216 (49)

About

During the early thirteenth century, he served for nearly two decades as King of England. Though he spent much of his reign trying to reclaim land captured by France, he also instituted legal reforms that shaped England's common law judicial system. Near the end of his reign, in 1215, he signed the Magna Carta. 

Before Fame

He was the favorite child of his father, who conferred upon him the title of Lord of Ireland.

Trivia

After he died of dysentery in 1216, he was succeeded by his son Henry III of England.

Family Life

He and his four older brothers were the children of Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. His two marriages -- to Isabella, Countess of Gloucester and Isabella, Countess of Angouleme -- produced a total of five children.

Associated With

The deaths of his older brothers left John in a position to become King of England, a title he assumed after the 1199 death of Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart).