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John, King (1167-1216)

The son of Henry 11 (1133-1189), and King of England from 1199 until his death. His nickname was 'Lackland' as opposed to his elder brother's 'Lionheart', and apart from his political intrigues and run-ins with the barons - resulting in Magna Carte at Runnymede in 1215, his culinary claim to fame is that he supposedly died from eating a 'surfeit of lampreys' - modern historians believe dysentery to be more likely.

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