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Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction


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Nicholas Vincent


Very Short Introductions A brief introduction to the context and history of one of the most significant constitutional texts in world history

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Looks at how and why Magna Carta is still hugely significant today

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Discusses Magna Carta in relation to issues of law and politics, and also to human rights

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Includes a full English translation of the 1215 Magna Carta Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series millions of copies sold worldwide

Paperback Published: 07 September 2012 144 Pages | 10 illus. 6.9 x 4.4 inches ISBN: 9780199582877

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Description The Magna Carta is arguably the greatest constitutional document in recorded history, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. This Very Short Introduction, which includes a full English translation of the 1215 Magna Carta, introduces the document to a modern audience, explaining its origins in the troubled reign of King John, and tracing the significant role that it played thereafter as a symbol of the subject's right to protection against the absolute authority of the sovereign. Drawing upon the great advances that have been made in our understanding of thirteenth-century English history, Nicholas Vincent demonstrates why the Magna Carta remains hugely significant today.

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Table of Contents 1. What happened in 1215? 2. The tyranny of King John 3. Magna Carta, parliament and the origins of the constitution: the document's first century 4. The Document as monument 5. Does Magna Carta still matter?

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Author Information Nicholas Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

From Our Blog 10 things you need to know about Magna Carta This year marks the 800th anniversary of one of the most famous documents in history, the Magna Carta. Nicholas Vincent, author of Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction , tells us 10 things everyone should know about the Magna Carta. Posted on September 11, 2015 Read the blog post The greatest charter? On 15th June 2015, Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary. More has been written about this document than about virtually any other piece of parchment in world history. A great deal has been wrongly attributed to it: democracy, Habeas Corpus, Parliament, and trial by jury are all supposed somehow to trace their origins to Runnymede and 1215. In reality, if any of these ideas are even touched upon within Magna Carta, they are found there only in embryonic form. Posted on June 12, 2015 Read the blog post

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