King John book launched at Swineshead

The type of terrain in which King John's baggage train and the crown jewels were said to have been lost.
The type of terrain in which King John's baggage train and the crown jewels were said to have been lost.
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The Wheatsheaf Hotel at Swineshead has no direct link to the loss of King John’s treasure or his subsequent death a few days later.

However, the hotel has a website which makes reference to one of the legends surrounding the king’s death after staying at Swineshead Abbey.

A previous landlord at the hotel wrote: “He (King John) was poisoned with a drink spiked with toxin from a toad by Brother Simon, who was reputed to be a Knight Templar. On either 14 or 15 October the King, suffering from poisoning, left Swineshead for Newark, where he died on 19 October.”

There is a discount on books bought at the launch event on January 15. The book (ISBN 978-1-907516-33-7) sells for £8 and is also available from Bookmark in Spalding.