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Why Did the Barons Rebel Against King John?

  • Date Submitted: 12/04/2014 11:16 AM
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In 1216, the barons rebelled against King John because of many causes, which were: King John's ignorance, the loss of his English Empire and taxes. Some of these causes were long-term causes and others were short-term causes. Some of these causes triggered the rebellion.
One of the main causes that triggered the rebellion was that King John ignored the rules of the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was a written document of political rights given to rebellious English barons. In the Magna Carta there are different clauses that the King has to follow. This is very important because this meant that King John would allow the barons to agree on his advice and determine some of the law to the land. From this there was nothing that King John could do as he had to sign the Magna Carta otherwise he would not be king. Later on King John ignored the rules of the Magna Carta, which showed that he was very selfish and did not care about others. This then made the barons distrust King John. This helped to cause a rebellion because the barons wanted to stop all the problems caused by King John. Therefore it was one of the causes that triggered the rebellion.
The second most important long-term cause is that King John's father and brother taxed the barons heavily. King John followed and increased the taxes paid by the barons in order to pay for his wars. King John collected so many taxes that half of all the coins in England were in his treasury. This is a long-term cause because it has happened over a long period of time and eventually caused resentment amongst the barons who were losing a lot of money to King John.
Another important cause was that King John lost most of his Empire in France. This cause is also linked to when King John lost the Battle of Bouvines in 1214. These two causes helped to cause a rebellion because King John lost all his land and all of his wars, which meant that the barons did not give King John an army to fight with. It also meant that the taxes,...


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