The Mystery of King John's Treasure

The Mystery of King John's Treasure

by Shirley Charters


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Sunday evening, October 9th, 1216. King John is facing continued civil war and a devastating French invasion; treacherous times. We discover him crossing the tidal marshes of the Fenlands of East Anglia. He is about to lose England’s crown jewels, his gem collection, and sackfuls of silver coins with his image on them: a treasure trove.

What happened? What was he doing in that remote and windswept place? Why did he take the crown jewels with him? And why did he die so soon afterwards?

Eight hundred years of searches by Fenfolk, academics, newspaper magnates, Victorian eccentrics and even an American research company have found nothing. No golden chalice, no pearl studied casket, no coins. Why?

We follow King John at that vulnerable time, day by day, and reveal for the first time some surprising and interesting answers to the many questions posed by the mystery of his lost treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526715494
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/27/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Shirley Charters MA (Cantab), F.R.G.S. F.R.S.A. was educated at St. Mary's School and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she took her degree in Geography, gained a Blue, played county netball and had a wonderful time. Writing and directing documentary films around the world followed, which ended when a script and marriage took her to Fiji for twenty five years. There she wrote for various antipodean and west coast U.S. newspapers and magazines until retirement brought her back to U.K. where she has had the time to take up again an earlier, undergraduate fascination with King John's Treasure.

Table of Contents

Preface x

Chapter 1 Sunday 9 October 1216; Late Afternoon at Lynn 1

Chapter 2 What Might Be in the Treasure? 4

Chapter 3 All Good Stories Begin Somewhere 9

Chapter 4 Where it all Happened; the Interminable Fenlands 17

Chapter 5 Late Sunday Night 10 October 1216 23

Chapter 6 John, the Runt Who Would be King 31

Chapter 7 Conflict with the Church 41

Chapter 8 Who Exactly Were the Mysterious Knights Templar? 46

Chapter 9 Monday Morning at Lynn 10 October 1216 54

Chapter 10 Money, and Magna Carta 58

Chapter 11 How the French Kept the Pot Boiling 69

Chapter 12 The French in Conquering Mode 78

Chapter 13 John's Progress Through Lincolnshire 86

Chapter 14 Early Tuesday 11 October 1216 at Lynn 93

Chapter 15 The Elusive Fenfolk 97

Chapter 16 Later Tuesday 11 October at Lynn 101

Chapter 17 Wednesday 12 October at Wisbech and onwards 109

Chapter 18 Overnight Wednesday 12 October to Thursday 13 October at The Priory at Swineshead 115

Chapter 19 Friday 14 October and Saturday 15 October Sleaford Castle 119

Chapter 20 Sunday 16 October to Tuesday 18 October at Newark 123

Chapter 21 Aftermath and Resolution 127

Chapter 22 And the Treasure… 137

Chapter 23 'History is Nothing but Gossip in the Hope it Might be True' Gore Vidal 141

Acknowledgements 148

Bibliography 150

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