Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood, but does anyone actually understand how it ended after that? Did Robin Hood, Lady Mardian, and King Richard really live happily ever after as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John was humbled and sidelined? Well no. A trip to England's Worcester Catherdal will show why.
If one is thinking about England's rich medieval history, then consider visiting the Medieval Festival – the largest medieval festival and re-enactment in the United Kingdom. Medieval Europe is as poorly understood as King John and his brother, King Richard the Lionheart.
The storyline of Prince / King John
King John is invariably portrayed because the weak and scheming villain in Robin Hood movies. But in real life, while King John did exist, Robin Hood almost certainly did not (there is merely a little amount of evidence that he did). John lived from 24 December 1166 – to 19 October 1216 and was the King of England for 17 years from 1199 to his death in 1216.
While king he lost the Duchy of Normandy and many from the other English lands in France towards the king of France. He was instructed to sign the Magna Carta through the powerful barons limiting the power of the king (it's considered an earlier step to the introduction of the constitution of the United Kingdom today).
- Nickname: He Was Called John Lackland Because when The Youngest Son, He Was Not Likely to Inherit many lands
- Lived: From 24 December 1166 – to 19 October 1216
- King: He Was King of England For 17 Years
- Died: He Died During Campaign
He was appointed god of Ireland and unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against his brother King Richard while he was absent on the Third Crusade (so that area of the story is kinda true).
He became king following the death of his brother King Richard. He was excommunicated through the Pope for some time and eventually died of dysentery while on a campaign in eastern England aged 49.
Chroniclers of the day were mostly critical of John's reign.
King John Is Buried Within the Worcester Cathedral
Today one can't begin to see the tomb of Robin Hood (partly because he probably didn't exist) but one can see the tomb of King John at Worcester Cathedral. King John's tomb has got the oldest Royal effigy in England and makes for a sensational setting in which to listen to about his life. Worcester Cathedral is an impressive Anglican cathedral in Worcester, England.
The current cathedral was built between 1084 and 1504 and so presents many styles of English architecture.
- Built: Between 1084 and 1504
Another famous English person interred there's Prince Arthur (not to be confused with Arthur of Camalot – who also likely didn't exist).
- Dedicated: The Worcester Cathedral Is Dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Visiting The Worcester Cathedral
For fourteen centuries Worcester Cathedral has been a host to Christain worship and people are thanks for visiting come and attend the services today. It's possible to begin to see the church's schedules and calendar online.
The cathedral is open every day and even offers guided tours for those wanting to have a deeper understanding of the cathedral and it is entombed King that history has been harsh on.
- Weekdays & Saturday: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
- Sunday: 1 – 3pm (last entry 2.30pm)
“Turn Up For any Tour” Tour:
They provide their “Turn Up For A Tour” program. These run from 11 am and a pair of.30 pm Monday to Saturday during normal opening times. The price of a tour is lb7 per person and as the name suggests, no booking is required. Tours last 45 – 60 minutes and therefore are ideal for individuals or couples who want to turn up at the time.
- Price: lb7 Per Person
- When: 11.00 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Saturday
- Duration: 45-60 Minutes
They also offer their Historic tours. These tours explore the history of Worcester Cathedral and can be pre-booked for groups and tailored. Shiny things cost lb7 per person for half an hour as much as an hour, or lb10 per person to have an hour . 5. The entire minimum charge is lb35.00 or lb50 respectively.
- Cost: Minimum Charge lb35.00 For just one Hour or lb50 Hour Along with a Half
Additionally, they offer a number of other themed tours. It's possible to pre-book and choose a subject of interest like – Architecture; Tudors, Stuarts and also the Pilgrim Fathers; Celebrities (including King John, Prince Arthur, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Stanley Baldwin, Woodbine Willie, The Duke of Hamilton, St Wulfstan, and St Oswald (to name a few – this cathedral includes a very rich history).
- Cost: Minimum Charge lb35.00 For One Hour or lb50 Hour Along with a Half
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