Posted by: Lister | February 22, 2008

King John and Sharia

I’m not a historian, and I’m not passing judgment. But this made me smile, so it goes into the humour file. Be sure to read the comments at the end, which aren’t supportive of the theory! King John offered to convert to Islam rather than sign Magna Carta.

It sounds so unlikely.
I don’t see how it would have solved his problems. But, according to the story told by a Benedictine monk called Matthew Paris, he was turned down by the Caliph who “had no intention of allying with someone so lacking in faith that he was intent on becoming an apostate for the sake of political expediency.”

(via PM).

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