A Brief History of Magna Carta, 2nd Edition: The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington

A Brief History of Magna Carta, 2nd Edition: The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington

by Geoffrey Hindley

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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, the influence of which is still felt today around the world. In 1215 the barons of England forced King John to sign a revolutionary document which would change the political landscape not only of thirteenth-century Britain, but of the modern world. Magna Carta was the forerunner of the constitution that limited the powers of the crown and its echoes can be found in the seventeenth-century Civil Wars, the struggles for American Independence, the work of Thomas Paine and in the bedrock constitutional legislation of just about every democratic country today.

As civil Liberties and the rule of law are increasingly brought into question throughout the world, leading medieval historian Geoffrey Hindley breathes vivid life into the story behind the signing of Magna Carta, and reveals the undiminished significance of this ancient document in today's world.

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ISBN-13: 9781472118684
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Geoffrey Hindley (1935-2014), educated at Kingswood School, Bath and University College Oxford, is a lecturer and writer. He was three times an invited participant at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; was visiting associate professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; and lectured in Europe and America on European culture,
medieval social history and Magna Carta, and the history of music. From 1994 to 2000 he taught English civilization at the University of Le Havre. Right up until his death he was co-president of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science of Oxford and London. His many books include The Shaping of Europe,
England in the Age of Caxton, The Book of Magna Carta, A Brief History of the Crusades and A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons.

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Introduction to Second Edition xv

Chronology: The Life of King John and the First Century of the Charter xxiii

Part I Routes to Runnymede

1 The Brothers Plantagenet 3

2 The Smack of Firm Government 44

3 Churchmen, Charters and Politics 61

4 The Road to Disaster 82

Part II The Community of England - and its Neighbours

5 The Order of Nobility 97

6 London, Cities, Towns and Communes 109

7 Communities of the Forest 123

8 The Community of Jewry 149

9 The Community of Women 164

10 Lordships, Charters and Hostages: John's Dealings with the Celtic Realms 177

Part III Crisis Charter to Legal Charter

11 Timetable of a Crisis 195

12 The Making of a Charter 212

13 A Charter for War 237

14 Charters, Liberties and Power 254

Part IV Law, Legend and Talisman

15 The European Dimension 277

16 Myths of Liberty 280

17 An Old Charter in New Worlds and New Times 293

Chronology: From the 'Confirmation of the Charters' to the Present 309

Appendices: The Surviving Medieval Copies of the Charter 317

The Charter of Liberties Granted by King John in 1215 323

Select Bibliography 337

Index 343

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