Subject: On the Green at the 'Mede
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Tues June 15, 1999 at 6:55PM

On the Green at the 'Mede


On this very date in twelve hundred fifteen
King John was summoned to the green ...
Upon Runnymede - an island in the Thames
Where he was forced to sign, to make amends

The Great Charter - which returned to the Church
Freedom to choose officials without Royal perk
Also required consent of taxation of Feudal tenants
And punishment of freemen only by law's intent ...

That great event - the signing of the Magna Carta
Marked the beginning of a civility which started ...
Only after King John was killed in battle thereafter
When a combined force of nobles felled the drafter

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
4:40pm Tues. June 15th, 1999

Magna Carta signed June 15th, 1215

King John was killed on Oct. 19th, 1216
during battle fought at Newark, Nottinghamshire.

NB
King John governed England whilst his older
brother - Richard the LionHeart, was on Crusades,
and tried to usurp the throne during his absence.
When Richard died in 1199 - King John's claim
was validated.

John's son, Henry III - ascended the throne at 9,
and reigned for the next 56 years.