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Magna Carta

Magna Carta

The Foundation of Freedom 1215-2015

By (author) Nicholas Vincent
By (author) Anthony Musson
By (author) Justin Champion
By (author) Joyce Lee Malcolm
By (author) Miles Taylor
By (author) Richard Goldstone

$39.95

  • The definitive book, officially endorsed by the UK Magna Carta Trust, on what will be the single biggest subject of 2015, with countrywide exhibitions, theme days, and essay and speech writing competitions
  • Primary author is the acknowledged world expert on Magna Carta, who is also consultant on Magna Carta to the National Archives and wrote the catalogue for the 2007 sale of Ross Perot's 1297 copy of the Charter
  • This is set to be the most authoritative treatment of the subject for years to come, and provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, assuming no special expertise on the part of the reader
  • Scholarly but lavishly and engagingly produced, in full color with integrated color illustrations, containing much new research and fresh insights into the subject
Full Description

Eight hundred years ago King John of England was forced to seal a document of historic importance. As the first charter to grant individual liberties under the rule of law, protecting the people against tyranny, Magna Carta is the most influential and far-reaching legal text the world has ever known. For this book, published to mark the eight hundredth anniversary of the Charter’s first issue, Professor Nicholas Vincent is joined by a range of experts on Magna Carta from across the world to reflect on the circumstances of its genesis and its enduring significance. Magna Carta was serially reinterpreted by later generations, becoming a totem in fierce political debates on the liberties of the people – it became a sacred text for the American Patriots of the War of Independence, directly influencing the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, and for all those in the English-speaking world who have striven to build democratic rights and freedoms in the post-colonial age. Contents: Introduction, Nicholas Vincent; Law before Magna Carta: The Anglo-Saxon Law Codes and Their Successors before 1215 Nicholas Vincent; Plantagenet Tyranny and Lawmaking Nicholas Vincent; The Tyranny of King John Nicholas Vincent; Magna Carta: Defeat into Victory Nicholas Vincent; Magna Carta in the Later Middle Ages Anthony Musson; From Liber Homo to Free-born Englishmen: How Magna Carta Became a Liberty Document, 1508-1760s Justin Champion; Magna Carta and the American Age of Reason Joyce Lee Malcolm; Magna Carta in the Nineteenth Century Miles Taylor; From World War to World Heritage: Magna Carta in the Twentieth Century Nicholas Vincent; Twenty-First Century Magna Carta Richard Goldstone; Appendix One: Magna Carta: The 1215 Text; Appendix Two: The Magna Carta Sureties; Further Reading; Index.
Eight hundred years ago King John of England was forced to seal a document of historic importance. As the first charter to grant individual liberties under the rule of law, protecting the people against tyranny, Magna Carta is the most influential and far-reaching legal text the world has ever known. For this book, published with the official support of the UK Magna Carta Trust and marking the eight hundredth anniversary of the charter’s first issue, Professor Nicholas Vincent is joined by a range of experts on Magna Carta from across the world to reflect on the circumstances of its genesis and its enduring significance. Magna Carta was serially reinterpreted by later generations, becoming a totem in fierce political debates on the liberties of the people – it became a sacred text for English puritans of the Civil War, for the American patriots of the War of Independence, and for all those in the English-speaking world who have striven to build democratic rights and freedoms in the post-colonial age.

Contents:
Magna Carta in Context: a general survey from 1215 to the present day Nicholas Vincent
Law Before Magna Carta: the Anglo-Saxon law codes and their successors before 1215 Nicholas Vincent
Plantagenet Tyranny and Lawmaking Nicholas Vincent
The Tyranny of King John Nicholas Vincent
Magna Carta: Defeat into Victory Nicholas Vincent
Magna Carta in the Later Middle Ages Anthony Musson
Magna Carta against the King Justin Champion
Magna Carta and the American Age of Reason Joyce Lee Malcolm
Magna Carta in the 19th Century Miles Taylor
From World War to World Heritage: Magna Carta in the 20th Century Nicholas Vincent
21st-Century Magna Carta Richard Goldstone

Specifications
Publisher
Profile Editions
ISBN
9781908990488
Published
11th Mar 2015
Binding
Paperback / softback
Territory
USA & Canada
Size
9.57 in x 10.97 in
Pages
195 Pages
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