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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Magna Carta: Manuscripts and Myths 2nd ed isbn 9780712358330

Magna Carta: Manuscripts and Myths

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ISBN13: 9780712347433
ISBN: 0712347437
New Edition ISBN: 9780712358330
Published: July 2002
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



""Magna Carta"" is one of the most celebrated documents in English history and one of the most popular exhibits at The British Library. But despite this, the reinterpretations of it since 1215 have tended to obscure its real meaning for King John and his baronial opponents. ""Magna Carta"" was not intended to be a lasting declaration of legal principle, still less an embryonic code of human rights. It was a practical solution to a political crisis and it served the interests of the highest ranks of feudal society by reasserting the power of custom to limit arbitrary behaviour by the king.

This work explores the context in which ""Magna Carta"" was issued to discover what it really meant to its creators and how it came to be an iconic historical document.

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Subjects:
Legal History