Reinforced by extensive book and Web site suggestions, this excellent research source explains the intent of the treaty of 1215 that became the Magna Carta, the factors that produced it, as well as its evolutions, historical significance, and relevance today. Levy emphasizes that money and properties, rather than equality, were the focus for the thirteenth-century document. Its significance lies in defining the king's power within specific limits, a revolutionary idea that threatened both secular and religious establishments. High taxes, the Crusades, an unpopular king, and ironically his sudden death all led to the revision, development, and the growing power of "a charter of individual rights or liberties" that prevented one man's will to stand above law. The clear explanation of the "Great Charter's" historical context accompanied by informative inserts and beautiful, relevant illustrations make this a book to dip into as well as to read through. The extensive study helps even include excerpts from the Latin Magna Carta and a Web site address (http://www.bl.uk/treasures/magnacarta/translation.html) that provides the complete British Library English translation as well as additional British treasures and historical texts. Although this book's major role will be as a school assignment reference, its layout, content, and clarity will encourage further reading and research about the Magna Carta, English history, and human rights. It is engaging enough for junior high use, but with its step-by-step explanation of complicated issues and situations and its extensive supplementary resources, it is a strong research springboard for senior high also. Additional series titles discuss theNorman conquest of England, the fall of the Roman Empire, and events leading toward the Civil War, among other topics.