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Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction

by Nicholas Vincent

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0199582874, Paperback)

The Magna Carta is arguably the greatest constitutional document in recorded history, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. This Very Short Introduction, which includes a full English translation of the 1215 Magna Carta, introduces the document to a modern audience, explaining its origins in the troubled reign of King John, and tracing the significant role that it played thereafter as a symbol of the subject's right to protection against the absolute authority of the sovereign. Drawing upon the great advances that have been made in our understanding of thirteenth-century English history, Nicholas Vincent demonstrates why the Magna Carta remains hugely significant today.

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"Magna Carta has long been considered the foundation stone of the British Constitution, yet few people understand either its contents or its context. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas Vincent considers the origins of Magna Carta in the troubled reign of King John, and explores its significance in the eight centuries since 1215. Drawing upon the great advances in our understanding of 13th century English history, Vincent demonstrates why Magna Carta continues to be of enormous popular interest today." --Front flap.… (more)

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