By Barbara H. Peterson
It seems that all U.S. presidents except for one, share the same bloodline.
King Plantagenet 1167 – 1216, known as John of England
Some of his attributes and accomplishments:
Lack of prowess in battle
Penchant for treachery
The first income tax
Confiscation of all church possessions
Signing of the Magna Carta under duress, which he tried to break by starting a war
King John’s reign has traditionally been characterised as one of the most disastrous in English history, earning him the nickname “Bad King John”: it began with military defeats – he lost Normandy to Philip Augustus of France in his first five years on the throne – and ended with England torn by civil war and himself on the verge of being forced out of power. In 1213, he made England a papal fief to resolve a conflict with the Catholic Church, and his rebellious barons forced him to seal Magna Carta in 1215, the act for which he is best remembered.