Perceptions of King John in the 17th century

Lesson rationale

This activity aims to examine perceptions of King John with a focus on two particular sources from the 16th century: Actes and Monuments by John Foxe and Shakespeare’s King John.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • How has King John been remembered?
  • Who was John Foxe?
  • What impression does Shakespeare give of King John? How similar/different is it to that of John Foxe? How might we explain any differences of opinion?