Name of this book is “The Life and Death of King John “
,This is a very good historical play written by William Shakespeare, probably written between 1591 and 1598.
While no major changes have been introduced in the play and scope of the book
King John refuses to surrender the throne of England to his nephew, Arthur, whose stronger claim is supported by King Philip of France. John invades France, accompanied by Philip Faulconbridge, Richard I's illegitimate son. At Angiers, the French king, his son Lewis, and the Archduke of Austria oppose John; a marriage is proposed between Lewis and John's Spanish niece Blanche, under the terms of which Philip recognizes King John's rule in England, and John cedes some territory to France. However, John is then excommunicated as a result of a dispute between the pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Philip is forced to take up arms against him. John is victorious, capturing Arthur; Faulconbridge decapitates the archduke and returns home to loot the monasteries. John gives an order to have Arthur's eyes burned out, but his wishes are not carried out. The outraged nobles suspect murder when Arthur falls from a high wall trying to escape from the castle. As John attempts to reconcile himself with the pope, his nobles desert to Lewis. Suffering from a fever, John retreats to Swinstead Abbey; the French reinforcements are lost at sea, their army retreats, and the disaffected nobles, hearing that Lewis plans to execute them after the battle, rally to their dying king.