Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

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Here, it is important to note the political dynamic in which the document arose and was used: first as a tool of compromise that ended up condoning the subsequent civil war, and later as an imperfect but highly symbolic assertion of a king's authority as well as right to rule.

All monarchs of that era were calculating and cruel but John seemed to take it to another level in his quest to raise money for conquest. John was the first king of England by that name—and he was so bad at the job, that he was also the last. In the ensuing dispute, the barons had taken control of London, cutting the king off from a key source of revenue. Recommended if you have an interest in English history or if you just want more than the Disney version of King John.Well, the animals had it wrong (I guess wolves and snakes aren’t too sharp when it comes to English history. His position, already precarious, was made even weaker because of the rival claim of his nephew Arthur of Brittany and the determination of Philip II of France to end the English hold on Normandy. This was his shortest book and it still was a struggle, but it was very comprehensive and well written. In fact, many of the clauses did just the opposite and its purpose was to limit the power of the king, as well as certain groups of people such as women and Jews (page 198). Unlike his predecessors, John did not issue a general charter to his barons at the beginning of his reign.

Fast-paced and accessible, The Plantagenets is old-fashioned storytelling and will be particularly appreciated by those who like their history red in tooth and claw.its principals shine as brightly as ever, and they paved the way for the democracy, the equality, the respect an the laws that make Britain" (pgs 198-199). On June 15, 1215, the document known as the Articles of the Barons was at last agreed upon, and to it the king’s great seal was set. Innocent III’s intervention in the English dispute, instructing the barons to pledge fealty to John, only served to provoke them further.

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