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    King John is a dramatic historical play which presents a fictionalized version of King John Lackland's reign in England. The play covers John's tension with the French, his involvement in vicious English infighting, and his role in the intense and complicated succession struggle that destabilized his reign and caused vicious gossip to erode his reputation among his lords. Eventually John is poisoned by a disgusted and rebellious monk and passes away as his vassals swear allegiance to his son, Henry.