King John has slept at Duncroft Hall, and all the day before the little town of Staines has echoed to the clang of armed men, and the clatter of great horses over its rough stones, and the shouts of captains, and the grim oaths and surly jests of bearded bowmen, billmen, pikemen, and strange-speaking foreign spearmen.
Over the rapids, where in after years trim Bell Weir lock will stand, they have been forced or dragged by their sturdy rowers, and now are crowding up as near as they dare come to the great covered barges, which lie in readiness to bear King John to where the fateful Charter waits his signing.
And front and rear, and either flank, there ride the yeomen of the Barons, and in the midst King John.
Why, in the end, King John's kingdom was blacklisted and boycotted by the traders till the revenues diminished to zero, the people went bankrupt, and King John couldn't borrow a shilling from his most powerful chief.
But King John didn't mind, any more than did he the high times of the traders along the beach.
So he went straightway to King John and besought leave of him to visit Nottingham for a short season.
But when the news of all this reached the ears of King John, he swore both loud and deep, and took a solemn vow that he would not rest until he had Robin Hood in his power, dead or alive.
The dead King John
, though hated by all others, he had loved, but with the dead King's bones De Vac's loyalty to the house he served had been buried in the Cathedral of Worcester.
At any rate King John
found so many troubles of his own, after a time, that he ceased troubling the outlaws.
In the reign of King John
one of them was rich enough to give a manor to the Knights Hospitallers; and in Edward the Second's time your forefather Brian was summoned to Westminster to attend the great Council there.
He now claimed a tribute which King John
had promised long before, but which had not for more than thirty years been paid.
It has therefore passed for the kingdom of Prester-John since the time that it was discovered by the Portuguese in the reign of King John