King John the Werewolf: The Hounding of Lackland

This is a well-researched article about the historical beginnings of werewolves.
Very well-done and I already have an idea for a story.


“I’ve always been partial to werewolves, perhaps because there’s a desperation to their plight that resonates” – Tad Williams

gerald_and_john Hey Gerald, can you redact the part where I get bitten by a werewolf?

Nobody liked England’s King John (1166-1216 A.D.) and history has not been especially kind to him.  As the youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, he wasn’t expected to amount to much, receiving the uncomplimentary sobriquet of “John Lackland” (he wasn’t in line to inherit any property).  Actor Nigel Terry played him as a drooling and cowardly idiot in the Academy Award winning movie Lion in Winter (1968).  Similarly, Shakespeare’s King John depicted him as weak and selfishly motivated, Sir Walter Scot’s Ivanhoe painted him in an unfavorable light, and he has been repeatedly immortalized as Robin Hood’s ultimate nemesis, in contrast to the cunning, yet villainous Sherriff of Nottingham.  Even Disney turned him into…

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