King John and The Magna Carta

By: Peyton and Colleen

When King John became king in 1199, he wasn't liked much because he taxed his barons heavily and ignored their traditional rights, arresting people as he pleased. He also fought with the church and collected large amounts of money from its properties.
In June 1215, angry barons forced a meeting with King John in a meadow beside the river Thames. The angry barons insisted that King John put his seal on the Magna Carta, also known as The Great Charter. The Charter was an agreement between the barons and the king. The barons agreed that John could continue ruling as long as he agreed to observe common law and the traditional rights of barons and the church.