John's nickname was
or as the French called him Jean Sans Terre.
John's Famous Family
John's father was
His mother was the beautiful and smart
Eleanor of Aquitaine, who by the way was brilliantly
depicted by the great Katherine Hepburn in the movie
The Lion in
Back to John.
Henry and Eleanor had five sons and three daughters.
The oldest son was William who died at age three.
was son number two. Son number three was
John's very famous brother
Richard the Lionheart.
Number four was
was his parents' youngest son and his father's favorite.
John's sisters were Matilda,
Eleanor Jr., and
John's mother Eleanor was married once before — to
The marriage was annulled in the year 1152. Eleanor and Louis had
1167 - 1188
It was the year 1173. John was 16 years old.
John's father had it all figured out. His favorite son would marry
the daughter of Humbert III, count of Maurienne (Savoy),
which would mean lots of lands for John. Unfortunately for
John, the marriage proposal didn't sit right with John's elder
brothers, a greedy bunch. The brothers started a rebellion during
the years 1173 - 1174.
the Anglo-Norman Rebellion of 1173
This marriage was off and father Henry arranged another marriage
via which John would become the Earl
In 1177, John was given the lordship of Ireland. John went and visited Ireland
in April 1185 and stayed until late
1185. While in Irela