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The death of King John?


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June 30, 2009 1:12PM

King John's health was affected by the loss of his baggage train when fleeing from a French Invasion. This affected his health and state of mind. Succumbing to dysentery, he died on 18 October (or possibly 19 October) 1216, at Newark Castle (then in Lincolnshire, now on Nottinghamshire's border with that county). Numerous, possibly fictitious, accounts circulated soon after his death that he had been killed by poisoned ale, poisoned plums or a "surfeit of peaches".