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ON THIS DAY 1167: King John (John Lackland) was born in Oxford.
Crowds watch the execution of Scottish serial killer William Burke (1792-1829) 1167: King John (John Lackland) was born in Oxford.
Of even greater significance is Hanley's suggestion that Louis stood a good chance of becoming king of England in 1216 and 1217, and that he might well have succeeded if Philip II had supported his son's invasion of England more actively, if Louis had undergone coronation, if he had secured Dover, and if the unpopular king John Lackland had not died during the course of the invasion, robbing Louis of a foe who made the French contender look palatable in comparison.