A Brief History of Magna Carta

Most Hart residents will know that King John travelled from Odiham Castle to Runnymede and the confrontation that led to Magna Carta. Well worth a visit and a toehold on the Magna Carta trail.

Simple Things

Reblogged with real pleasure from Egham Museum where I am proud to be a trustee.

History

The birth of liberty

Magna Carta, meaning the Great Charter, is a seminal document in English legal and constitutional history. While many of its clauses dealt with particular 13th century concerns, clauses 39 and 40 established the enduring principle that even the King was subject to the law.

“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

“To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”

Magna Carta was granted by King John at Runnymede in 1215, an attempt to restore peace…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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