1215 & All That..

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Game 1215 & All That
Storyguide CJ
Length 2.5 hours
Players 19; 10 - 19
Suitability Any
Prerequisities None
Pre-rolled characters available? Yes
Last Years Freeform

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Plot Summary

It's 1215 and King John (who is a Bad King) is under pressure form the French (who he has just lost most of his Empire to!), the Scots, the Barons and the Pope. In fact he has run out of friends, if he ever had any. All apart from William the Marshal, the Greatest Knight in the World, who is a Good man and protects the King from his many enemies. Now however the Barons have got uppity, and prepared a long laundry list of grievances and trying to run John to ground to make him sign them.

Resouces français


Je ne vois aucune raison pour laquelle les délégués français seraient en savoir beaucoup sur cette partie obscure de l'histoire anglaise , mais vous ne devez pas !

Si vous voulez avoir un regard , consultez les pages suivantes... fr.wikipedia


As always the default is "everyone plays". If you would like to opt out, please drop me a line on chrisjensenromer@hotmail.com If you are on the list and you don't want to play let me know ASAP :)

I have assigned characters as follows - sheets will follow once I have written them. Have a look and see if you like your character, and can think of some costume or props to help you get in to character.

  • Sheila Thomas ....................Baroness Nicolaa de la Haye, Constable of Lincoln Castle
  • Anders Håkon Gaut.................Robin Hood, Romantic Outlaw Chief
  • Kirstie Sceats....................Alice de Scriven, Prioress of Kirklees
  • Andrew Sceats.....................Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Leif Olav Jøsang..................Baldric, a smelly peasant who looks a bit like King John.
  • Mark Steedman.....................Will Scarlet, Heroic Outlaw
  • Karl Trygve Kalleberg.............William the Marshal, Greatest Knight in the World
  • Laura Knighton....................Blanche of Castille, Queen of France
  • Jean-Francois Leveque.............Louis the Lion, Dauphin of France
  • Thomas Nowell.....................Hubert de Burgh, loyal Baron to the King
  • Anna Jones........................Queen Isabella of Angouleme, Saucy Minx and King John's Wife
  • Helge Furseth.....................Baron Hugh Bigod, Treacherous witchunting Baron
  • Jonathan Elcock...................Pandulf, Papal Legate and Innocent III's right hand man
  • Andrew Jones......................King Alexander II of Scotland - a squeaky voiced schoolboy of 16
  • Mark Threlfall....................Good King John, King of England, Wales and Ireland and Angevin Emperor
  • Martin Smart......................Wicked Rebellious Baron Eustace de Vesci
  • Vincent Garcia-Gomez..............Phillip Mark, Sheriff of Nottingham and a Frenchman!
  • Karine............................Maid Marion (Belle Marianne), Innocent ward of the Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Felicity Boyce....................Rosamund of Jerbiton, beautiful and mysterious noblewomen
  • Jerry Elsmore.....................Robert Fitzwalter, Head of the Army of God and instigator of the Magna Carta

The History You Need to Know

None. If you are not familiar with King John, this poem should help


Or the following extracts from 1066 And All That

John: An Awful King

WHEN John came to the throne he lost his temper and flung himself on the floor, foaming at the mouth and biting the rushes. He was thus a Bad King. Indeed, he had begun badly as a Bad Prince, having attempted to answer the Irish Question(*) by pulling the beards of the aged Irish chiefs, which was a Bad Thing and the wrong answer.

Prince Arthur A Tragedy in Little

John had a little nephew called Little Arthur, who was writing a little History of England in quite a small dungeon, and whose little blue eyes John had ordered to be put out with some weeny red-hot irons. The gaoler Hubert, however, who was a Good Man, wept so much that he put out the red-hot irons instead. John was therefore compelled to do the little deed himself with a large, smallish knife, thus becoming the first memorable wicked uncle.

(*)N.B. The Irish Question at this time consisted of: (1) Some Norman Barons, who lived in a Pail (near Dublin), (2) The natives and Irish Chieftains, who were beyond the Pail, living in bogs, beards, etc.

The Bull

John was so bad that the Pope decided to put the whole country under an Interdict, i.e. he gave orders that no one was to be born or die or marry (except in Church porches). But John was still not cured of his Badness; so the Pope sent a Bull to England to excommunicate John himself. In spite of the King's efforts to prevent it the Bull succeeded in landing and gave orders that John himself was not to be born or marry or die (except in Church porches); that no one was to obey him or stand him a drink or tell him the right time or the answer to the Irish Question or anything nice. So at last John gave way and he and his subjects began once more to be born and to marry and to die, etc. etc.

Magna Charter

THERE also happened in this reign the memorable Charta, known as Magna Charter on account of the Latin Magna (great) and Charter (a Charter); this was the first of the famous Chartas and Gartas of the Realm and was invented by the Barons on a desert island in the Thames called Ganymede. By congregating there, armed to the teeth, the Barons compelled John to sign the Magna Charter, which said:

1. That no one was to be put to death, save for some reason (except the Common People).

2. That everyone should be free (except the Common People).

3. That everything should be of the same weight and measure throughout the Realm (except the Common People).

4. That the Courts should be stationary, instead of following a very tiresome medieval official known as the King's Person all over the country.

5. That `no person should be fined to his utter ruin' (except the King's Person).

6. That the Barons should not be tried except by a special jury of other Barons who would understand.

Magna Charter was therefore the chief cause of Democracy in England, and thus a Good Thing for everyone (except the Common People).

After this King John hadn't a leg to stand on and was therefore known as `John Lackshanks'.

Final Acts of Misgovernment

John finally demonstrated his utter incompetence by losing the Crown and all his clothes in the wash and then dying of a surfeit of peaches and no cider; thus his awful reign came to an end.

Robin Hood and his Merrie Men

ABOUT this time the memorable hero Robin Hood flourished in a romantic manner. Having been unjustly accused by two policemen in Richmond Park, he was condemned to be an outdoor and went and lived with a maid who was called Marion, and a band of Merrie Men, in Greenwood Forest, near Sherborne. Amongst his Merrie Men were Will Scarlet (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Black Beauty, White Melville, Little Red Riding Hood (probably an daughter of his), and the famous Friar Puck who used to sit in a cowslip and suck bees, thus becoming so fat that he declared he could put his girdle round the Earth.

Robin Hood was a miraculous shot with the longbow and it is said that he could split a hare at 400 paces and a Sheriff at 800. He therefore spent his time blowing a horn and shooting at the Sheriff of Nottingham (who was an outwit). He always used to sound his horn first, particularly when shooting round a corner; this showed his sportsmanship and also enabled him to shoot the Sheriff running, which was more difficult.

Robin Hood was also very good at socialism and often took money away from rich clergymen and gave it to the poor, who loved him for his generosity. He died very romantically. Having taken some medicine supplied by his Wicked Aunt and feeling his strength going, he blew a dying blast on his horn and with his dying breath fired a last shot out of his bedroom window, and hit the Sheriff of Nottingham again.

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