Category Archives: magna carta

King John and the French invasion of England

    “The whole land was covered with these limbs of the devil like locusts, who assembled to blot out everything from the face of the earth; for, running about with drawn swords and knives, they ransacked towns, houses, cemeteries, … Continue reading

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King John and the Origins of Magna Carta

To honour Canada’s 150th birthday today, a look at one the foundational documents of the British Parliamentary democracy which Canada is based.  Happy Canada Day! In this video from the British Library, Professor David Carpenter and Professor Nicholas Vincent discuss … Continue reading

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10 Milestones in Medieval Law

Which moments from the Middle Ages have changed the way we look at the law and justice? In Michael Roffer’s latest work, The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law, he … Continue reading

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On This Day

OTD 1215: Pope Innocent III annulled the Magna Carta freeing King John from its limitations. The Pope annulled the charter on the grounds that the King only signed it because he was forced to and that the document was illegal. The … Continue reading

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Magna Carta

In honour of the 800th anniversary of the writing of the Magna Carta, Megan’s Medieval Museum has a special exhibit on this important document culminating in my visit to the special exhibit touring Canada.  Visit the new exhibit space frequently … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Magna Carta: Why has it been seen as significant?

Caroline Eele University of Durham: Master’s Thesis: March (2013) Abstract Magna Carta has often been presented as the foundation of English liberties, guaranteeing the rights of English citizens against the arbitrary actions of those governing the country. Throughout its eight … Continue reading

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The Great Parliament of 1265: Medieval origins of modern democracy

By Elizabeth Mitchell, University of Lincoln On the eve of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta – the charter recognised as laying the foundations of England’s modern democracy – new research by a medieval historian from the … Continue reading

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