Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Paperback - 2015
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'No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned, or disseised, or outlawed or exiled, or in any way destroyed, nor will we go against him, nor will we send against him, save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land' Magna Carta, forced on King John in 1215 by rebellion, is one of the most famous documents in world history. It asserts a fundamental principle- that the ruler is subject to the law. David Carpenter's commentary draws on new discoveries to give an entirely fresh account of Magna Carta's text, origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in English political life. It also uses Magna Carta as a lens through which to view thirteenth-century society, focusing on women and peasants as well as barons and knights. The book is a landmark in Magna Carta studies. With a new commentary by David Carpenter
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Penguin Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9780241953372
Characteristics: xvi, 594 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Carpenter, David (David A.)


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Jul 04, 2016

Exhaustive commentary providing context to what led up to Magna Carta and what it means and doesn't mean. Also includes the text of the Carta itself - one notes the use of the royal "we" throughout its 60 or so articles.


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