Book aims to shed light on mystery of King John’s treasure

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The mystery of King John’s treasure - lost somewhere in the Wash in 1216 while travelling to Swineshead is being examined in a new book.

’The Lost Treasure of King John’ by Richard Waters chronicles the mystery with new up-to-date research.

Richard said: “On the eve of the 800-year anniversary of Magna Carta and the events surrounding this mystery, there is a renewed interest in King John and I suspect this will lead to a renewed interest in the fascinating subject of the king’s lost treasure.

“I hope that my research will contribute to that in some small way.”

This is the third, updated edition of his book – originally published in 2003.

Legend has it that King John set off from Lynn in Norfolk to Swineshead on October 12, 1216. Along the way he parted company from his supply train to conduct some business in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

A synopsis on the book reads: “When he arrived at Swineshead he received news that the baggage train and all his treasures had been lost whilst crossing the Wellstream. This is history as it has been handed down to us by chroniclers, but is this what really happened?”

The book, priced £8, will be on sale at 7.30pm, on January 15, at a launch event in The Wheatsheaf, Swineshead.

The event will include a £1 discount on signed copies of the book, presentations from the author and publisher, refreshments and a free drink.