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Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (2014)

by Dan Jones

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I can't say enough about Jones and his methods with the pen. All of his books are engrossing. He writes with an energy and passion that is not seen very often in the history field. His books are right on par with Susan Wise Bauer's history series. He keeps the story moving but moves at a slow enough pace that allows you to feel the chill on England's foggy banks and the sword as it slides into the ribs of the unfortunate. ( )
  Joe73 | Mar 22, 2018 |
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty by historian Dan Jones is excellent. As with his previous books, The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors and The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England , Mr. Jones makes a very complicated period of history accessible.

The Magna Carta is often referred to as the starting point for our own Constitution. Ironically it was never intended as a tool to help the common man. It was intended to benefit the nobility by controlling a despotic king. Mr. Jones does a wonderful job of setting up the circumstances that required the creation of the Magna Carta. He also explains that it was not just one document and done. It was reissued with changes over the course of many years. It is a fascinating timeline to follow how a barons’s rebellion is credited in the creation of some many documents which brought freedom to nation’s citizens.

Honestly I enjoyed John Curless’s narration of War of the Roses better than Mr. Jones’s narration of Magna Carta. I did enjoy Mr. Jone’s narration better than Clive Chafer’s narration of The Plantagenets. Mr. Jones has a pleasant voice. He certainly knows the text having written it. He provides emphasis where it is needed. It just comes down to personal choice in narrators. I would highly recommend Magna Carta. It is wonderful and not dry.

This book was provided free from Audiobook Addicts on Facebook as a prize for a contest. ( )
  nhalliwell | Nov 13, 2016 |
Magna Carta is not about Magna Carta Libertatum, or about the birth of liberty. It provides a brief and interesting account of how King John found himself negotiating a truce with rebellious barons. This account is bookended with rushed hand waving about the charter's historical significance in the manner of a framing story. ( )
  CKHarwood | Aug 31, 2016 |
This is a short and sweet (at least by normal history-book standards) look at the Magna Carta, a document that has gained significance out of all proportion to what might be expected, based on its reception when it was first published. Dan Jones explains the circumstances that led up to the document's creation, situating King John's rule within the context of his brother's and father's reigns before him and illustrating how frustration with the Plantagenet dynasty in general pushed the barons to their breaking point. Jones also explains contemporary reaction to the Magna Carta and how its legacy developed over the centuries. An appendix includes a translation of the Magna Carta itself for those who are interested. Overall, this is a quick and interesting read that provides a good introduction to the Magna Carta and the historical period in which it was created. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 16, 2016 |
More proof that I like popular histories too much for an actual historian. Disappointed by the numerous typos around the 70-page mark, but overall entertained and enlightened. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
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Eight hundred years after it was first granted beneath the trees of Runnymeade, by the fertile green banks of the river Thames, the Magna Carta is more famous than ever.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525428291, Hardcover)

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets, a short, lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be
 
The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange document that dwells on tax relief and greater fishing rights, and how did it gain legendary status?

Dan Jones takes us back to 1215, the turbulent year when the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty between England’s King John and a group of self-interested, violent barons who were tired of his high taxes and endless foreign wars. The treaty would fail within two months of its confirmation.
 
But this important document marked the first time a king was forced to obey his own laws. Jones’s 1215 follows the story of the Magna Carta’s creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England and is book that will appeal to fans of microhistories of pivotal years like 1066, 1491, and especially 1776—when American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:20:23 -0400)

A narrative history of the turbulent year of 1215 and the making of the Magna Carta chronicles key events and shares insight into the treaty's enduring influence on Western views about liberty.

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