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A New Look At An (Unloved) Old King

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When your father is a Henry and your brother Richard The Lionheart, you have big shoes to fill. 

King John of England does not measure up historically. 

But he did give in to the nobles and sign the Magna Carta, the basis for many a modern constitution. 

Historian Stephen Church tells the monarch's story anew in King John and the Road to Magna Carta.

The author joins us with highlights. 


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.