The Magna Charta

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In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart?June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world.

Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, William Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds set them against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John but who ultimately prevailed.

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In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart—June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world.

Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, William Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds set them against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John but who ultimately prevailed.

James Daugherty’s narrative is divided into four parts, the first three describing the intriguing development of the Magna Charta itself. The fourth part is titled “Children of the Magna Charta” and subtitled “Milestones that have marked the long road from Magna Charta.” In it he describes the rise of other movements that harkened back to the Magna Charta in their claims for freedom and self rule, including the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the covenant of the League of Nations, the Atlantic Charter, the charter of the Organization of the American States, and the United Nations Charter.

Newbery Award-winning author James Daugherty gives us the dramatic and sweeping account of this pageantry of history through his inimitable style. This audio edition is sure to thrill and enlighten a new generation of readers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780964380356
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 181
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

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    My 13 year old and I have read ¿The Magna Charta¿ together and both learned an enormous amount of information concerning not only the Magna Charta but the history surrounding this document and the rulers who opposed or were forced into the signing of this Charta. This book is written for the Middle School level and my son needed some help with pronunciation, definitions and discussion as we read. Many new concepts were introduced including how Kings ruled their lands during the Medieval time period, relationships between the Pope and King, the transfer of lands and dictatorship, relationships and fighting between rulers of different lands, the development of laws to protect the Kings people, and the progression and refinement of Charters which lead to the Magna Charta. Although the focus of this book is primarily on King John¿s life and his influence on the Magna Charta, this book is highly recommended for middle schoolers who would also like to learn about past rulers including King Henry, King Richard, King John, Stephen Langton, and other interesting subjects such as the Crusades, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Castles, Runnymede, the Siege of Rochester, the Pope, Hubert de Burgh, the Treaty of Lambeth, and very early American History related to the Magna Charta.

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