The Year of Magna Carta

Book - 2003
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The year 1215 saw global upheavals from which the ripples can still be felt today. From the oddest detail to the grandest political struggle, Danny Danzinger and John Gillingham paint an extraordinary picture of this fascinating age, featuring "Bad" King John, Genghis Khan and St Francis of Assisi.

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On 15 June 1215, rebel barons forced King John to meet them at Runnymede. They did not trust the King, so he was not allowed to leave until his seal was attached to the charter in front of him.
This was Magna Carta. It was a revolutionary document: never before had royal authority been so fundamentally challenged. Nearly 800 years later, two of the charter's sixty-three clauses are still a ringing expression of freedom for mankind: 'To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice'. And, 'No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or in any way ruined, except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law or the land.'
1215 - The Year of Magna Carta explores what it was like to be alive in that momentous year. Political power struggles are interwoven with other issues - fashion, food, education, medicine, religion, sex. In many areas it was a time of innovation and change. Windmills were erected, spectacles were invented. Dozens of new towns were founded Oxford became the first university in England, and the great cathedrals of Salisbury and Lincoln were built.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2003
ISBN: 9780340824740
Characteristics: 324 p. : map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gillingham, John


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Dec 16, 2015

Very interesting, but not very exciting. Trying to tell you what it was like in the world of 1215.

May 08, 2010

A very entertaining piece of popular history, which explores the manners and customs of the 13th century around the time the famous Magna Carta was written.

Each chapter begins with a quotation from the Magna Carta, with the writing that follows explaining its context; for example the chapter on labouring in the countryside is headed by the Magna Carta's admonishment that a lord shall "keep his land stocked with ploughs and wainage such as the agricultural season demands."

A very enjoyable book, packed with fascinating insights into life in the middle ages.

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