top of page


King John's Treasure

One of the most enduring legends in English history is that of King John and his lost treasure. According to the legend, King John was crossing the marshes of Lincolnshire in 1216 when he lost his crown jewels and other valuables in the muddy waters of The Wash. But how much truth is there behind this legend? In this section, I will explore three aspects of the legend: the historical context and chronology of the loss, the identities and roles of the people involved and the landscape, and finally, the possible fate and location of the treasure. I will also examine an intriguing hypothesis about King John's death at Newark Castle, which has been largely overlooked by historians. Could he have been murdered by someone who wanted to keep his treasure hidden?

During the Barons' War in 1216, King John fought to save his kingdom. While he was travelling from King's Lynn in Norfolk to Newark in Nottinghamshire, a crucial decision was made to cross the marshes of the Wash. Unfortunately, a sudden tide swept away his carts, wagons, and treasure into the water. This article introduces the legend, and describes the events that led to King John's final journey.

Knight fight.jpg
William Marshal - CC BY-SA 3.0 - Kjetilbjørnsrud.jpg

Can we trust the clues regarding the lost treasure in the Lincolnshire marshes? In this analysis, we will examine the evidence, terrain, and individuals involved to separate the facts from fiction.

Where did the treasure go? This narrative provides plausible and logical explanations about the real journey of the treasure, its whereabouts, and the reasons behind it.


Historians tend to skim over the death of King John, dedicating only a small portion of their lengthy books to his end. There hasn't been a thorough investigation into the possibility that he was murdered - until now. Delve into the potential perpetrators, their motives, and their gains after his untimely demise.

King John’s letters patent are a treasure trove of information about this misunderstood monarch. Although they have been published, there is no full translation available. But don’t worry! I have discovered an easy way to translate them and I’m excited to share it with you in this article.

bottom of page