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.