Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Paperback - 2015
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With a new commentary by David Carpenter "No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals 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. Alongside a new text and translation of the Charter, 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. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta' s creation - an event which will be marked with exhibitions, commemorations and debates in all the countries over whose constitutions and legal assumptions the shadow of Magna Carta hangs.
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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