On this day, October 12th, precisely 800 years ago King John (yes, *that* King John as vilified by Robin Hood stories) lost the priceless Crown Jewels of England. One such story goes he lost them in the Wash, as if we all haven’t done that before. In this case, The Wash being a stretch of land subject to drastic tide changes. When the tide was out, it was the shortest path for his slow-moving wagon train pulled by oxen. However, as legend has it, his wagons were too slow that day, and his entire treasure was swept out to sea.
In the big picture, it was the least of his concerns, as the entire nation was revolting against him, and he was ill. His troubles would soon be over. He died from dysentery within the week.
I know this all sounds like a a bad game of Oregon Trail, but it’s the truth. (or at least, our best guess at the truth, presumably because the King left his camera in the ox cart.)