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King Richard Research Paper

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“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him or send others to do so except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.” Quoted above are clauses 39 & 40, two clauses that the English and Americans still use in law. It all began with King John, who was born in 1167, and his brother Richard. Throughout their lives, they fought over many things, especially power. King Richard, the older of the two, was king first. Every time the king wasn't there, John would try to be king. Even though they were in many fights, Richard would always forgive his brother. That meant when Richard died in the crusades, it left John as king. King John had many issues, but control was his biggest one. As it was stated earlier, he always tried to take his brother's power. Once he became king, life dramatically changed for some. First of all, their new king was harsh, cruel, and strict, including with laws. Second of all, he wasn't a good leader. He lost many wars and lots of land. Also, he argued and fought with Pope Innocent III. That was a really big…show more content…
Before King John ruled, his brother Richard was an incredible leader and ruled. There were many times the two siblings would fight. Most of the fighting had to do with the land. However, since they were brothers, they would always forgive each other. Once John became king, he overused his power. Sadly, he was an excruciatingly awful ruler. So much land was lost in wars because of him, so the church was furious and enraged. King John was merciless and stern, which upset many. Most upset of all though, was the barons. They were not treated fairly and just, and they were sick of being put off. While the king was at war, they made a document, the Magna Carta, expressing how they were treated. They were not going to take it
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