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Magna Carta Uncovered


ISBN13: 9781849465564
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the grant at Runnymede of Magna Carta. The story of how Magna Carta came into being ,and has been interpreted since, and its impact on individual rights and constitutional developments has more twists and turns than any soap opera.

The authors bring their legal experience and interpretative skills to uncover the original meaning of the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta and to trace their development in later centuries up to the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. By providing that the powers of the King were not unlimited, the Charter was groundbreaking, yet it was also a conservative document, following the form of Anglo-Saxon charters and seeking to return government to the ways of the Norman kings.

This book tells the enthralling, ultimately inspirational, story of Magna Carta in a concise and readable fashion and will captivate laymen and lawyers alike.

Subjects:
Legal History, General Interest
Contents:
Acknowledgements
The Authors
Timeline

Introduction
1. Who Made Magna Carta?
2. William Marshal
3. What Was Magna Carta?
4. Religion
5. Rebellion
6. Freemen
7. Law and Order
8. Trial by Peers – Clauses 39 and 40
9. Taxes
10. The King Under the Law
11. London and Other Cities
12. Commerce
13. Robin Hood and the Royal Forests
14. Wales and Scotland
15. The Charter Restored
16. Towards Democracy
17. Due Process
18. The Charter Survives
19. The Rule of Law
20. ‘Reason of State’
21. Ship Money
22. Independence of the Jury and the Right to Silence
23. Towards an Independent Judiciary
24. The Bill of Rights
25. Rebellion in America
Epilogue

Appendix A: Sources
Appendix B: The Rebel Barons
Appendix C: Translation of Magna Carta 1215
Appendix D: Petition of Right 1628
Appendix E: Bill of Rights 1689
Appendix F: Bill of Rights 1789 (United States)
Bibliography
Index