Aside from that ping.
When Nancy Pelosi's Democrats took Congress away from Republicans in January 2007, unemployment was at 4.5%, the deficit had been cut in half to $180 billion, taxes were low, and the Dow Jones was about 14 thousand.
Maybe because it’s just tv and makes for a good story?
Give me Shakespeare´s.
I believe this was explained some years ago:
"I got some reeeally bad advice from Rottingham..."
One of my ‘Darth Vader moments’ in genealogical research was learning I was descended from King John. Bleh. :-)
John had to tax people to death to pay for his Brother Richards wars. That made him a villain.
In one sense, John and the Brits are analagous to King George and the colonists.
John’s abuse led to the “revolt” that produced the Magna Carta.
George’s abuse of the colonies led to the Declaration of Independence.
Didn’t John sign the Magna Carta?
King John was not a good man
He had his little ways
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days...
Biggest clymers of the recent (post crusades) pre-modern age?? My candidates would be Tamerlane, Edward III of England, and Gustavus Adolphus. John doesn’t even come close to any of those three.
Interesting. Second movie about early English history in a month (the other is ‘The Eagle’, about Roman Britain). It has had a lot of tough luck, losing Peter Postelwaite (he died) and Richard Attenborough (illness), and apparently Angus MacFadyen (from ‘Braveheart’). Still has Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox, among others. Good to see that the ‘Greatest English Knight’ (Sir William Marshall) is a character.
For some reason raping the wives, daughters and mistresses of the membors of your court tend to tick people off. Odd I know but there you are.
Then there was his quaint habit of extortion. People tend to regard that as socially unacceptable behavior.